The Team



Anne Gwinnett

Anne acted as chair to the Distinct Steering Group, providing oversight and direction to the project. She is Director of Corporate Affairs at Oxford Brookes University. Formerly a lecturer in Operational Research, she has many years' experience of management in HE.


David Willey

Representative for Bournemouth University on the Distinct Steering Group. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Bournemouth, he leads the delivery and implementation of the university’s strategic plan. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Ordnance Survey.


Sue Kershaw

Sue is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) for Bradford, having previously held financial leadership roles within HE institutions. Sue took over from Jeff Lucas, who was part of the steering group that established the project, in representing the University of Bradford.


Anna Myers

Distinct’s Communications and Project Manager, Anna joined the project in November 2010 from the international development sector. Her remit has been to connect the project with the sector, and to ensure the project delivers engaging, effective communications about its findings on distinctiveness.


Helen Carasso

Helen joined the Distinct team as researcher and writer in February 2012.  Drawing on her substantial experience in communications - including in senior roles at the Universities of Brighton and then Oxford - and her recently-completed doctoral study of higher education policy and management, she contributed to the development of resources for Distinct. 


Tricia Scott

Tricia delivered a substantial body of research for Distinct, drawing findings from both within and beyond the HE sector, until her departure in September 2011. She used her 20 years’ experience in market and strategic research, in both the private and public sector, to develop the growing collection of resources which can be found through the website.


Jennifer Gunthardt

As Web and Digital Media Officer for Distinct, Jennifer developed and delivered digital communications, including this project website. She is a specialist in online media, with a background in publishing.


Susie Baker

Susie is Communications Director and Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs at Oxford Brookes University. She has been an advisor to the project, sharing her experience and sector knowledge to support Distinct.


Roger Grew

Roger is Strategic and Business Planning Director at Oxford Brookes University. He acts as an advisor to the project, sharing his experience and expertise to support Distinct.


Kevin Garthwaite

Kevin is a professional Project Manager, based at Oxford Brookes. Kevin utilised the University's Project Management methodology to ensure that Distinct's objectives were delivered on schedule.









Project now closed

This project is now finished and the content on the site is provided as an archive of the research.