About Us

Our Competitive Edge

The founding Directors at Competitive Edge are professionally qualified in all their principle learning and development activities. Collectively, Chris, Ian and Kevin have over 70 years of proven and successful experience in training and consultancy, working across a broad range of Small, Medium and Large plc listed businesses globally and a varied number of industry sectors.

Ian Wearne (F. APS)

Ian Wearne (F. APS)

Director | Business Consultant | L&D Professional


Mob: 07896 053130

Ian is an L&D Professional, Executive Coach, and Business Consultant with a unique blend of business and commercial acumen. He has a proven track record of success in senior sales and operational leadership roles.

Ian’s core strengths include an intrinsic understanding of the business environment, nurtured across 30 years of practical business experience. Hence, he provides unique insights into ensuring that L&D interventions and activities are perfectly aligned to business strategy, growth drivers and functional needs. Ian has a strong reputation for being an excellent communicator and delivering outstanding business results, adding measurable value to organisations. His innovative thinking and drive to deliver collaborative change has resulted in a strong track-record of nurturing talent to help organisations create value for their customers and stakeholders.

For better or worse (most often worse!) Ian is a passionate West Ham United supporter and season ticket holder. He lives with his partner in Northampton and has a grown-up son who shares his passion for the Hammers.

Chris Battye (F. APS)

Chris Battye (F. APS)

Director | Business Consultant | L&D Professional


Mob: 07971 441896

Chris is an award-winning business consultant and L&D Professional. Passionate about people, Chris helps businesses improve performance by designing and delivering high impact behaviour change programmes.

Chris has over 18 years’ experience working with senior stakeholders to understand their unique ‘workforce challenges’. He has a natural flair for engaging people into development programmes so that they want to learn, improve and make a positive, tangible difference. Whilst working as a Director of Learning and Development, Chris gained valuable and extensive experience working with executives, graduates, sales execs, managers and leaders, helping them all develop their capabilities and enabling them to progress into commercially strong individuals.

Chris is an avid England Rugby fan and lives with his wife and two children in Northampton. On Saturdays he helps as a football coach with his son’s under 8s football team.

Kevin Lacey

Kevin Lacey

Director | Business Consultant | Sales & Marketing Professional


Mob: 07961 256691

Kevin is an experienced, results delivered senior executive. He has over 25 years extensive experience in sales and marketing leadership, strategy development, execution and organisational development at Executive Director level on an interim and permanent basis.

Kevin’s core strengths are in global leadership coaching & mentoring, creating and delivering business planning, strategy & sales effectiveness programmes which have consistently delivered transformational change.

Kevin’s comprehensive and impressive background ensures that he has a clear understanding of culture, leadership expectations and requirements, that when harnessed through fruitful behaviours provide exciting growth for businesses.

Kevin loves cooking for his family and trained his offspring from the ages of 8 years old to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Kevin is also a talented musician (or so he thinks!) and has written and performed with many household name artists.

Our Address

Competitive Edge Training & Consultancy
Office 40
Burlington House
369 Wellingborough Road

Contact Us

Ian Wearne: 07896 053130

Chris Battye: 07971 441896

Kevin Lacey: 07961 256691