About Us


The People Effect provides consultancy, advice, and guidance on HR, recruitment and employment related matters along with training and workshops for teams.

Steve Punter is an expert in HR consulting, training and development, employment relations, organisational development and everything compliance. With 30 years of experience in the industry, Steve has developed a strong client base across the country and become the go-to in HR expertise for many.

Read Steve’s bio here.

Steve Punter, HR Consulting, Employment Advice, Business Training, The People Effect

HR Consulting, Employment Advice, Business Training, The People Effect

Helping you be a successful employer

by building on your good employees, and turning around (or helping protect you from) the not-so-good employees.

Helping you recruit right, train, motivate and manage staff fairly

and use best-practice Performance Management Systems.

But when things go wrong, we’re here to help sort it out,

minimising the chance of a personal grievance, and managing any that do occur as your advocate.


Our History

We’ve been providing workplace training services as STA Training since 1990, constantly adding to the range of abilities as we grew.

As our clients grew to trust us and appreciate our experience, knowledge and wide competencies, they began to ask us to do more and different things other than pure training.

  • So, training team leaders, managers and HR advisers in Employment Law naturally led to the handling of our first internal mediations, then representation at external mediation, flowing through to us managing the complete Personal Grievance process, and attendance at Employment Relations Authority hearings and, if necessary, selecting and briefing top Barristers for Employment Court hearings.
  • For smaller enterprises that can’t justify a full-time HR presence, we are there to handle performance counselling sessions, disciplinary and termination events, and redundancy.
  • Training programmes about vision, mission & values led to assisting organisations to create them, working with executive management to transfer from the academic to the practical.
  • Training on performance management led to being asked to create employment agreements, job descriptions, person specifications, selection criteria, and customised behavioural interview platforms. Which also leads to confidential search & selection projects.
  • Training on team-building leads to working with dysfunctional teams, customer service training leads to customer service audits, train the trainer programmes lead to internal training needs analysis, programme creation, and post-training evaluation.

As you can see, the name STA Training no longer adequately describes or relates to many of these roles & services, so we’ve created a whole new entity… The People Effect!

STA Training, HR Consulting, Employment Advice, Business Training, The People Effect


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