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Facilitators Biography

Steve Punter


Steve formed Staff Training Associates Limited in 1991, achieving NZQA Registration as a Private Training Establishment in 1994, and offers our clients a 35-year practical business background, with a successful pre-HR history in Sales, Marketing, and Line Management. In 1989, Steve moved into the HR field as a consultant and completed a Diploma in Business Studies (Personnel Management and Employee Relations) in 1994, at Auckland University, following that up later with a Diploma in Adult Education and Training, and more recently completed a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organisational Development.

He is an Associate of the NZ Institute of Management, holds Professional (Certificated) Membership and is a Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (FHRINZ), and is a Fellow and Professional Member of the NZ Association for Training & Development (FNZATD). He served on the HRINZ National Council for 5 years, for the last two years serving as National Vice-President, and then spent a further year on the Auckland Branch team organising Professional Development Seminars for the membership. He served on the NZ Association for Training and Development (NZATD)’s National Executive Committee, and served two years as Auckland Branch President of NZATD as well as writing and producing the Networker magazine for the membership.

An accomplished and in-demand guest speaker, Steve writes and presents training programmes on a broad range of subjects, which STA offers either in-house direct to clients, or as Public courses.  His specialist subjects are 'Vision, Mission & Values', Business Development, Employment Law, Management Development, Customer Service, Train the Trainer and Personal Management skills. His philosophy of learning is that adults need to be physically and actively involved in the learning process, which needs to be easily related to work needs, and mixed with large doses of humour. In his spare time he writes regular columns and articles for professional journals such as ‘Employment Today’, ‘Training & Development’ and ‘NZ Professional Skipper’, and is himself a qualified charter skipper. Just to add a little stress, he is also currently studying for an MBA degree.

Steve also owns and operates The People Effect Ltd, a generalist HR consultancy but with a leaning towards Performance Management and with particular skills in Advocacy in employment disputes, internal/external mediation, and representation at Employment Relations Authority hearings.

Steve also enjoys facilitating workshops for the Institute of Directors, currently (2013) facilitating the IoD's 'Governance Essentials' and 'Strategy Essentials' courses.

Contact Steve:

Mobile: 021 681 920
Skype: +64-9-8892153 (or steve.punter from your computer)
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