IE Partnerships

IE Partnerships brings together a group of experienced business managers and technologists with a track record of advising organisations on technology related matters and in delivering transformation projects across multiple sectors to businesses of all sizes. From manufacturing to aerospace, from the rail sector to e-commerce, from NFP to government - the scope is considerable.

The partners and associates share a common set of goals and business ethos of the utmost integrity; to ensure that we deliver an exceptional service such that our clients achieve their objectives in the most cost effective and timely manner with minimum disruption to the business. We utilise best practice industry standards to deliver a quality service and our results speak for themselves; most of our customers come back for more, engaging us on a regular basis.

Why we are different

"Poachers turned gamekeepers" says it all. Everyone in the team has held a mix of positions from the bottom to the top, from the shop floor to the board room. We've all experienced successes and failures and we have the scars to prove it! But we are wiser for the experience and we have incorporated that experience into honed methodologies that mitigate risk and address the failure mode factors.

The senior partners have first hand experience of software development projects involving portals, internet based transactional database systems, enterprise software applications, product development programmes for third parties, website design and a raft of diverse software projects.

The combination of deep technological knowledge and broad business experience ensures that our advisory services and hands-on transformation project work are underpinned with the necessary skills and thinking to maximise the chances of success.

Partners & Associates

These are the guys that count. London, UK and International based assignments. Technologists. Businessmen. Consultants.

Ian Collins
Joint Managing Partner

Ian began his career at the BBC where he trained as an engineer. He moved into production and editing for a brief spell; ran a private recording business and then became involved with designing and managing TV and Radio studio installations. He held positions as a Technical Director for a start-up technology business and Sales Manager for an AIM listed instrumentation business.

In the mid 80’s Ian co-founded Neural Technologies, a software solutions business selling business intelligence solutions to blue chip organisations such as RAC, Thomas Cook, BP, Mars and GSK. Having built the business Ian sold his shareholding and in the mid 90’s bought a hi-tech electronics manufacturing business supplying computer disc drive and telecoms components to blue chip players in Japan, China and US. He also invested in a security business selling access control and intruder alarm systems internationally and after 3 years sold the business to the Chloride group.

Since that time he has held Board level appointments in a number of technology based start-ups including two ventures within BT. Whilst at BT he was appointed COO of a £50m group-wide Information Management (IM) practice  supplying a mix of Information Management & EDRMS software and consultancy to public sector organisations. He also managed the professional services implementation programme for a joint venture with Unisys, Computacenter and TomorrowFirst, delivering e-commerce based hosted services and change management programmes for blue chip organisations.  

Most recently Ian has been focusing his time on developing the IE Partnership consulting practice, splitting his time between that and the other companies within the Group.


Ekin Caglar
Joint Managing Partner

Ekin began his career as co-founder of one of the first web design organisations in Turkey, Cyberbug. He was presented as the ‘ideal webmaster’ by the country’s leading newspaper following the media frenzy around one of Cyberbug’s projects.

Ekin then worked on several large-scale commercial IT projects as a consultant before joining the European Union-funded eTrainer project at the Centre for Research in Information Management (CRIM) where he developed and provided e-Commerce training to SMEs in Manchester and later on to UMIST and University of Surrey students.

With 3 of his co-workers at CRIM, Ekin then founded his second venture, a software house, Sibilo. Within its 5 years of existence, Sibilo has sold compliance solutions to multinational corporations and UK public authorities, as well as e-commerce solutions to SMEs, and developed a unique software development model (SSDM) that allows software and database to be created automatically from models and diagrams.

Ekin has a BSc (Hons) degree in Computing Science from UMIST. He has a wide range of expertise, from programming to networking, and specialises on Internet applications and Databases. Ekin is also a professional composer and producer. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Performing Right Society (PRS).


Mike Winwood
Associate Consultant

Mike is a senior executive who has completed many projects - large and small - in the UK and overseas. His career spans over forty years and he has significant achievements to his credit in each phase. He specialises in identifying critical success issues and creating coalitions to foster improvement, change and redirection (when needed).

Mike has worked with public authorities (local and government departments), voluntary organisations, social enterprises and commercial firms. He spent ten years in academia - public policy making and community development practice - before embarking upon pioneering work in enterprise services and economic development.

He is a qualified and experienced market strategist, organisational architect and performance coach. He is also a long serving Fellow of the RSA where he was a full member of the Tomorrow's Company Inquiry that promoted balanced stakeholder accountability and evidenced the bottom line impacts that this has for businesses. He is currently involved with talent development, investment funding and new thinking about economic wellbeing.



Douglas Rice
Associate Consultant

Douglas has spent most of his business life in the financial services industry. Over a period of more than 20 years he became a trusted advisor of international private and public groups in initiating new ventures, products, and acquisitions in Luxembourg, China, the USA, France, Turkey, Hong Kong and the UK such as  Charoen Pokphand Group,  Unipart Ltd,  Salomon Brothers,  AON and  HBOS.

Before he entered the consulting world, he held senior management positions in Financial Services with Prudential, Phibro-Salomon and the Marine Midland Bank. Douglas lived and worked in London, Luxemburg, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Istanbul, New York, Zurich, Bangkok and Paris.

Recently Douglas has fulfilled pathfinder role in opening new market directions for financial services companies and he has been a change agent – improving corporate performance in the financial and logistics sectors.

His contribution to IE Partnerships spans advisory and implementation services with a particular focus on strategic development within the CIO On-demand/CTO offering. 



Ege Iyioglu
Associate Consultant

Ege has been active in the IT field since 1987. He has acted as a network, systems and security consultant to numerous organisations and participated in over two hundred network, systems and security projects over the years. His vast experience and knowledge is backed by several certificates awarded to him by industry leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA. He has also worked on top secret projects for organisations that do not even exist!

Ege has been active as a certified Microsoft trainer since the year 2003; delivering instructor-led training courses from the Microsoft Official Curriculum to IT teams of established telecom carriers, service providers and several other companies. 

Ege's work with IE Partnerships is many and varied including key elements of the IT Audit and IT systems design services and also security related issues in particular relating to internet, Cloud computing, ISO / PCI compliance and other e-Commerce applications.



IE Partnership Group

We should also mention the other companies and affiliates in the IE Partnerships Group who we call upon regularly to augment the skills & expertise of the core IE Partnerships team.

Sibilo is a software development organisation based in London with an off-shore subsidiary in Istanbul, Turkey and a design partnership in Rousse, Bulgaria.

It has developed 50+ software applications, mostly internet, portal or database related. It has recently migrated numerous applications to the Cloud.

The company is a Microsoft Certified Partner and an Oracle Partner. It is ISO 9001:2000 certified and is a member of UK Web Design Association.

The company has specialist skills in web/portal design and significant experience in the following technologies:- C#, VB.Net, ASP.NET, UML, ORM tools, MVC architecture, SQL Server.

Further information about the benefits and advantages of the Sibilo approach & services can be found here

NetGenies is a leading IT Managed Services Provider operating in the UK since 2006.

NetGenies manages & maintains more than 150 Windows & Linux servers and 80 Cisco routers, firewalls and Linux / Cisco based IDS / IPS equipment.

The company has completed 200+ network design / installation projects, around 100 Exchange installations and upgrades, about 2,000 desktop installations / upgrades and 45 voice over ip integration projects.