The Cornerstone Partnership is a social enterprise founded in 2014 by Helen Costa and Claire Brasier based in London with a mission to improve the lives of children and families touched by the care system.
We are a team of social innovators who seek out, develop and test effective solutions to some of society’s big challenges.
Cornerstone has pioneered the world’s first VR experience for fostering and adoption services as well as immersive therapeutic support using social Virtual Reality to help children in the care system.
Cornerstone VR™ harnesses the power of VR to change behaviour whether the goal is to improve enquiries and conversion rates through to stabilising placements by generating “emotional understanding” and empathy resulting in a positive impact on the relationship dynamic between the adult and the child. With a more resilient adult child relationship, families can be kept together, and placement breakdowns can be avoided.
Cornerstone is chaired by Anthony Douglas of CAFCASS and our management team is supported by our Executive Advisory Group which includes leading experts in the field including The Maudsley, Julie Selwyn and CoramBAAF.
THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Helen Costa has 10 + years sales and marketing experience in pharmaceuticals followed by a 15-year career in senior public sector roles across central Government, regional Government and as a Board member for a large NHS hospital trust.
Helen is known for her innovation and drive to deliver results and has led a number of high profile projects from the decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear liabilities to overseeing the Model Health Enquiry and leading Ken Livingstone’s globally renowned climate change programme for London.
After adopting her 2 children, Helen decided to focus her energy on addressing the issues within children’s social care bringing an end user perspective and the drive to see change. Helen developed and launched Cornerstone with co-founder Clare Brasier in 2015 as part of the first wave of Innovation Programme funded projects under DfE.
The success of the Cornerstone adoption support model led to Helen developing a suite of services across adoption and fostering and in a short space of time Helen has led the organisation to become a leading provider of social innovation to children’s services. Cornerstone’s mission is to improve the lives of families touched by the care system and Helen is a personal champion for that mission.
Chief of Staff
Gulnar previously served as Head of Environment and Sustainability Strategy for the Mayor of London’s economic development agency where she worked on some of London’s largest regeneration projects. Gulnar also has over 15 years in the private sector in marketing and strategy roles in both B2B and B2C. She received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck University, London and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.