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Kathryn Parsons

Co-Founder & CEO


London, UK

Kathryn Parsons


Kathryn Parsons is Co-Founder and CEO of technology education company Decoded.

Decoded run Data Academies for organisations such as Nike, M&S, Unilever and UBS, rapidly up-skilling talent in emerging technologies such as machine learning.

Decoded works closely with boards and leadership teams worldwide decoding complex technologies, enabling them to lead in a digital age.

They are on a mission to fill the data skills gap and realise the positive potential of technology within the economy.

Kathryn is an ardent techno-optimist, a believer in the promise of innovation and discovery to improve human life around the world. But she insists that as we witness the disruptive impact of technology on traditional economies and social systems around the world, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” in our midst, that we are called upon to launch an “Education Revolution.” Kathryn is leading the campaign for an education which is adaptive, expansive, and lifelong, to ensure that the great benefits of technology flow to all of us.

Kathryn is a regular international keynote speaker on “The Education Revolution”, sharing what she believes governments, CEOs and individuals can do to give themselves permission to learn and to be part of the future economy.

Kathryn graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics and started her first business at 26 years old. She campaigned successfully for Code as a mandatory subject on the UK National curriculum in 2014 and received an MBE for services to Education in 2016. She sits on the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Kathryn also serves as Business Advisory Board member for the London Mayor.

Kathryn Parsons’ Newsfeed

Pilita Clark: How can I beat the curse of endless office emails?

“Broadband, wifi and smartphones made email constantly available, but people kept dealing with new mail as it arrived, as they had in the dial-up era.” ... Kathryn Parsons is the chief executive of a British tech company called Decoded who decided to quit email five years ago. It did not last, as I discovered after contacting her the other day – by email. She said her email ban had been an experiment that she had decided to try for three months after hearing about new internal work messaging tools like Slack...

Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2019: Entrants to the Hall of Fame

Parsons said: “Some of the most profound uses of, and innovations in, technology have been made by women, from Katie Bouman imaging black holes in 2019 to Ada Lovelace creating the first ever computer algorithm in the 1840s. Let no one say that technology or computer science is not a place for a woman. It is a place where women can thrive and pioneer. Most importantly, the technological tools of today, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, are incredibly powerful.

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Kathryn Parsons’ Background

Co-Founder & CEO
Aug 2011 - Present
London, UK

Current Board Positions

Board Member
Jan 2017 - Present
London, UK
Kathryn is a board member for Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


London, UK
Kathryn Parsons MBE appears on the podcast, Sisterhood Works. Kathryn discusses business, building resilience and self-care, setting more boundaries and defining your own success.

Awards & Endorsements

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
London, UK
Kathryn was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for her services to education.

Kathryn Parsons’ Education

BA, Classics & Classical Languages, Literature & Linguistics
2000 - 2003