Helen Simpson


BA Hons


Helen has spent the past decade working in Talent Development (as a Cornerstone client) and talent technologies, jumping aboard with Northern Star in October  2019 directly from Cornerstone  OnDemand.

Outside of work Helen is mum to Ava (and not forgetting the beloved dog, Ollie), wife to Tennis Performance Coach Jack  and her passion project involves helping working mums find their confidence and ‘gumption’!


Jo Houghton

Lead Cornerstone Specialist

Certified in Core, LMS, EPM and SMP module implementations.


Jo has spent the past 12 years implementing the Cornerstone platform for more than 100 clients. She brought this wealth of knowledge and experience to Northern Star’s partnership with Cornerstone On Demand. At Northern Star, Jo has worked with clients such as Quilter, Agilisys, Foster and Partners, One Housing, LW Theatres, Jefferies and The London Clinic. She has also previously worked with IKEA, ASSA ABLOY, Volvo, Scania, Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Red Cross.


Colin Drinkwater

Cornerstone Specialist

Certified in Core and LMS, Performance administration


Colin has had a long career within the telecoms industry and developed an expertise in maintaining and getting the best out of internal and external systems. He spent the last 9 years implementing, developing and supporting the Cornerstone platform within Virgin Media. Colin has worked with clients such as Swinton Insurance, Virgin Media, Bourne Leisure, Net-a-Porter, Agilisys, ACCA, Survitec, Lloyds of London, Hiscox and Quilter.




Louise Richardson


Certified in: Core, LMS, EMP & ATS Implementations & All Technical integrations


Louise has been working for the past 3 years as Implementation & Integrations Consultant, helping clients to get the best from their platform and manage their data. Prior to this Louise spent 7 years working in Learning & Development at Nissan Motor Manufacturing where she led the European Cornerstone rollout.


When she’s not working Louise is also part of a 1940s inspired vocal harmony group The Doo Wop Dollies, as well as enjoying adventures with her Husband Adam, Son Finley and 2 Working Cocker Spaniels, Marley & Maisie!


Gemma Rupniak

Customer Support Manager


Gemma joined Northern Star as Systems Administrator in June 2020 after ten years of customer service management in the Travel and Hospitality industries. Gemma’s end user experience of LMS across industries gives insight into best practise, and her CORE certification with Cornerstone is the first of many.

Gemma’s favourite things include Earl Grey tea, Netflix, sudoku and her partner Aaron. When not in work, she spends most of her time researching bucket-list travel destinations based on the cute animals she can find there.

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