Welcome to our Lancot Challenger Academy Governors’ Page

Chair of Governors’ 

Emma Reade

Having attended Lancot myself, I was keen to contribute to the school life when my first son joined the Nursery in 2014. When I was a child my learning was impacted by hearing difficulties and, as we all do, I remember vividly the teachers who made a difference through having a positive, flexible and sensitive approach; I appreciate how important this is at Lancot in empowering all children to reach their potential.

I have a passion for promoting the needs of every child and appreciate the importance placed on creative curriculum at Lancot, and the strong emphasis on quality of life, relationships and group experiences throughout all the years here. I have a strong belief that children thrive if they feel secure and confident in their environment.

I am the Chief Executive Officer at Autism Bedfordshire, which was graded Ofsted Outstanding July 2017 and, over the last 20 years, I have worked across public, private and voluntary sector – predominately in Child Protection, Social Services and Special Educational Needs. I’m experienced in analysing data and monitoring how services are performing and can therefore provide the Senior Leadership Team with both support and challenge.

It is exciting to be working together with such committed and skilled Governors in ensuring that Lancot offers the best possible education for all our children now and in the future.

Frances Mitchell

I was born and raised in Dunstable and am a proud mum of two children that currently attend Lancot Challenger Academy. Before I had children I worked within the food distribution sector for 15 years as a National Account Manager. The experience I gained in my career has given me the confidence to challenge processes and behaviour. It enables me to communicate effectively with people at all levels and ensures I have a practical and objective way of thinking. As a person I am enthusiastic and approachable. This will enable me to assist and support Lancot on its journey of continuous school improvement. I am committed to the role I have taken as an academy Governor. I have seen the recent progress at Lancot Challenger Academy and look forward to being part of a Governing Body who will support the Lancot Leadership Team with their continued progress to make the school an outstanding place for our children to learn and grow.

Rowan Flitton

I have lived in Dunstable for the past 23 years and am a proud mum of three children that all currently attend Lancot Challenger Academy. I currently work as an IT Portfolio Manager in the Travel Industry and have 23 years’ experience working in the IT sector. I believe my experience will aid me to fully understand how the school operates and allow me to support and challenge where necessary the running and leadership of the school. Coming from an IT and Management background I enjoy analysing data and embrace change at all levels. With this in mind I feel this will enable me to help and support Lancot to achieve even better results. As a person I am hardworking and enthusiastic and am fully committed to being an academy governor I am passionate about helping to ensure continued progress to make the school an outstanding place for our children to learn.

Contact details:

Mrs Emma Reade

c/o Lancot Challenger Academy

Lancot Drive




Date of Governor Appointments:

Emma Reade: appointed 3rd July 2017

Frances Mitchell: appointed 3rd July 2017

Jesse White: appointed 1st May 2022

Mary Robinson: Appointed 1st May 2022

Rowan Flitton: appointed 3rd July 2017

Paula Osborne: appointed 10th May 2022