Education Advisory Committee

This Committee is responsible for reviewing and supporting the educational activities across the Coventry University Group and providing assurance to the University’s Board of Governors that such activities where appropriate support the education theme of the University’s corporate strategy as well as the other educational activities.

The subsidiary companies within the Education Advisory Committee’s purview are determined by the University’s Board of Governors, which currently includes: Coventry University London Campus Limited, Coventry University College Limited, Coventry University Online Limited and CU Recruitment and Admissions Limited.

 Education Advisory Committee Terms of Reference


David Frost CBE, DL

Chair, and independent member of the Board of Governors

David was appointed as an Independent Governor in February 2017 and is also currently Chair of the Education Advisory Committee. He is currently the Chairman of Coltman Precast Concrete Ltd and a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands. Between 2003 and 2011 he was appointed as the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, representing the interests of 100,000 businesses from Westminster. Prior to this, David was the Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

David is also a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee.

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Ian Dunn

Executive member, Provost

Ian, a Coventry graduate, has been employed at Coventry since 1992 and was appointed Provost for Coventry University Group in 2018. Ian’s responsibilities include student services, the students’ Union, library, centre for academic writing, registry and the teaching and learning function at the University.

As Provost, Ian is Chief Academic Officer and takes responsibility for driving the highest standards of academic excellence and supporting the leadership of the Education and Student Experience, Research and Enterprise and Innovation pillars of the Corporate Plan. Also in an increasingly regulated higher education environment, ensuring that the core educational activities of the Group are aligned to both the Corporate Plan and Excellence Frameworks (REF, KEF and TEF) has become an imperative.

Along with the other Associate Deans in Engineering and Computing Ian led the design thinking for the new Engineering and Computing Building, including the creation of Activity Led Learning, which was pivotal in the thinking behind the current Education Strategy. More recently they led the development of Coventry University College Ltd. in 2011 and were involved in subsequent developments in Scarborough and Dagenham. Ian led the creation of Coventry University Online Ltd. and the partnership with FutureLearn and the development of the Better Futures Multi Academy Trust.

In 2016 Ian was voted “Inspiring Leader of the Year” at the Guardian Higher Education Awards. They serve on several local Multi Academy Trust boards across the West Midlands, including chairing the Midlands Academies Trust.  They are a member of the jobs and skills group of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership andchair of the National Council for Entrepreneurship in Education. Ian  is also a Justice of the Peace in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sue Horner

Sue Horner MBE

Independent member of the Board of Governors

Appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2018, Sue began a career as a school teacher and has been at the forefront of developments within the national curriculum in the UK in her capacity as Director of Curriculum for England, leading a team working on the national curriculum and regulating GCSE and A level examinations. Sue is a leader in education and the arts with a commitment to young people, their futures and what they need to succeed.

Sue has also worked at an international level in Rwanda and Oman assisting in the redevelopment of their education systems and is recognised as an international expert on reading and its assessments.

Closely involved with arts charities, particularly those working with children and young people, they are focussed on creative writing and reading. In 2013 Sue was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

Sue is also Chair of the Charities Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Governors.

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Yvonne Rose

Independent Governor

Yvonne has considerable experience within the Secondary and Further Education sectors. They were the Head of Service for the Secondary Phase of Education and Training for the Warwickshire Local Authority, from between April 2010 - December 2014and was responsible for meeting the needs and requirements of children and young people, aged 11-19, in Warwickshire through the provision of sufficient and adequate education and training places. Previous to this role, Yvonne was the Director of Learning for the Learning and Skills Council, Coventry and Warwickshire, where they were responsible for the planning and funding of all mainstream provision including FE colleges and apprenticeships.

Yvonne has previously held positions as Governor for both Stratford-upon-Avon College, was  Chair of the Quality and Standards Sub-Committee and Moreton Morell Agricultural College. They have also previously been a member of the following boards/forums: Coventry Diocesan Board of Education, Warwick University Board Institute of Education, LSC National Learning Forum and both the Coventry and Warwickshire Children and Young Peoples Partnership Boards. Yvonne was also Joint Chair for the Coventry 14-24 Strategic Forum from 2001 to 2005.

A keen gardener and conservationist, Yvonne is currently Chair of Pebworth in Bloom and an active member of several locally based community organisations.

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