The story of Cornerstone Partnership could be put down to a leap of faith and dare we say it, fate. After working with each other for a couple of years in high pressure corporate roles, our 2 directors, Gavin Mullaley & Dean Starr, bumped into each other at a property auction, where it turned out they were bidding on the same property! Rather than enter in a bidding war, they decided to team up and use this as a ‘trial run’ see how they could work together in a property environment.
Cornerstone Partnership is an evolution of this first joint property purchase and the shared passion for helping others. Gavin’s faith as a Christian and Dean’s knowledge of property came together to focus on providing social housing to society’s most vulnerable. Our aim is to ease pressures on local housing waiting lists and significantly decrease local authority expenditure on hotel and B&B emergency accommodation, working with local authorities and charities to do so.
At the time of writing, Cornerstone Partnership has delivered 80 properties in the West Midlands, supporting over 300 families and delivering over £650,000 worth of savings which would have otherwise been spent on hotels, hostels and B&Bs. Our team has grown from 2 to 7 in under 18 months, evolving into a collective mission to have a significant positive impact in ending homelessness. We want to deliver a MINIMUM 1,000 properties within 10 years.
The scale of the homelessness crisis in the UK is shameful. The level of rough sleepers in major cities, coupled with the ‘hidden’ and statutory homeless, is deeply concerning. Another concern is that homelessness isn’t ‘fashionable’. It’s focus within the media and our society is infrequent at best – now and then we hear some shocking stats or click bait headlines, but then the conversation stops again until the next shock stat is published. We are committed to always keeping the conversation going, consistently raising awareness, sharing knowledge, and showing others how they can make a difference.
MEET THE TEAM
Key Responsibilities: Investment,
Property Strategy, Business Development
Did You Know: I can eat a Creme Caramel
in 5 seconds!
Chief Operations Officer
Joined: January 2020
Key Responsibilities: Business Operations, Team Leadership, Executing Business Goals
Did You Know: I was in a 90's Girlband!
Joined: June 2019
Key Responsibilities: Account Management, Cashflow Forecasting, Financial Processes
Did You Know: I was a Drummer in
a Steel Band!
Joined: September 2018
Key Responsibilities: Managing & Coordinating Projects, Relationship Building, Refurbishment Logistics
Did You Know: I'm a qualified Dance Teacher!
Joined: September 2019
Key Responsibilities: Organising Property Schedules, Booking Viewings, Developing Business Processes
Did You Know: I love to travel!
Joined: October 2016
Key Responsibilities: Key Partnerships, Long Term Strategy, Social Mission
Did You Know: I'm a qualified Electrician!
Joined: November 2018
Key Responsibilities: Repairs & Maintenance of Property Portfolio, HR,
New Property Purchases
Did You Know: I was a child prodigy Musician!
Social Comms Manager
Joined: July 2019
Key Responsibilities: Social Media Strategy & Content, Videography,
PR & Brand Building
Did You Know: I'm a very strong Swimmer!
Joined: January 2020
Key Responsibilities: Project Management & Coordination, Property Sourcing & Research, Establishing New Partnerships
Did You Know: I can sing!
Joined: November 2019
Key Responsibilities: Property Maintenance, Renovation work, Repairs
Did You Know: I play American Football at Semi-Pro level!
“I am proud that my property is being used for
a social cause and helping a family who would otherwise
have nowhere to live.”
Martin Evans (Landlord)