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Kathryn Parsons

London, UK

Co-Founder & CEO


Kathryn Parsons


Kathryn is Co-Founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company that is up-skilling and re-skilling professionals in code, data, AI and machine learning.

Described as "an economic force" Kathryn sits on the Business Advisory Boards of the UK Prime Minister and London Mayor and is a non-executive on the board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She was part of the successful campaign to have code introduced as a mandatory to the UK national curriculum in September 2014 and in 2016 received an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

In 2018 Decoded launched their Data Academies with an ambition to fill the global skills gap, providing qualifications in advanced analytics and machine learning for professionals.

Kathryn is a passionate ambassador for women in technology and supports and mentors several female founded start-ups.

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 Non-Executive Positions

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

Kathryn Parsons’ Education

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