A former head of the British Chambers of Commerce is bringing his focus on enterprise, employability and education to the board of Coventry University College.
David Frost CBE, who was chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce prior to becoming director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has been appointed a non-executive director of Coventry University College (CUC).
He brings vast experience of business at the highest level to the position, along with active involvement in adult education on a national scale, and a deep understanding of the wider West Midlands region.
CUC, a subsidiary of Coventry University, opened in September 2012 as an innovative model in higher education, delivering a range of academic courses and professional qualifications in a more flexible and affordable way to suit the lifestyle and needs of adult learners.
David, who is a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands and chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
Coventry University has a top-class reputation and is extremely innovative in higher education, and CUC is a great example of that. CUC fits rights at the heart of my focus on enterprise, employability and education, which is why the opportunity to join the board was so appealing. I have already been impressed by the commitment of the staff and the sheer possibilities for CUC.
David is chairman of National Numeracy, a charity which encourages young adults who left formal education with poor numeracy to improve those skills.
He is also deputy chairman of the UFI Charitable Trust, which uses technology to stimulate learning particularly among those who have left formal education without the skills to compete in the modern world of work.
During my three-year term, I hope to bring an understanding of business and of the West Midlands, along with wider connections into Westminster.
I have a very strong affinity with Coventry and a great interest in vocational education, and am looking forward to being part of an enterprise that is leading the way in a fresh approach to adult learning.
John Dishman, chief executive of CUC, said:
It is a major coup to attract David to the board of CUC. He brings a wealth of expertise and interest in business and education, and strong ties with Coventry and the wider region, which can only strengthen CUC.
CUC has already made its mark on the higher education landscape as a new model of delivering high quality university education in a flexible and affordable manner, and David’s involvement will enhance its future standing.
Yvonne Rose has also been made a director at CUC and brings vast experience in education and training including with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Learning and Skills Council, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.