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Kathryn Parsons

Co-Founder & CEO

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London, UK

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Kathryn Parsons’ Biography

Kathryn Parsons is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company known for its fast, no-jargon, hands-on learning experiences. Decoded's Digital and Data Academies are highly sought-after by companies looking to re-wire the digital literacy, data culture, leadership and capability of their operations. Clients span Fortune and FTSE 500 companies, and policymakers from Washington to Whitehall.

In 2021 Kathryn was named one of the Financial Times’ top 30 UK female entrepreneurs to watch. She has been described as ‘an economic force’, campaigning successfully for coding to be introduced as a mandatory part of the UK National Curriculum, making the UK one of the first countries in the world to do so.

Kathryn has served on the advisory boards of the London Mayor and No. 10 Downing Street. She was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 2017 and 2021.

In 2015 Kathryn was awarded an MBE for services to education in the Queen’s Honours.
Kathryn Parsons is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company known for its fast, no-jargon, hands-on learning experiences. Decoded's Digital and Data Academies are highly sought-after by companies looking to re-wire the digital literacy, data culture, leadership and capability of their operations. Clients span Fortune and FTSE 500 companies, and policymakers from Washington to Whitehall.

In 2021 Kathryn was named one of the Financial Times’ top 30 UK female entrepreneurs to watch. She has been described as ‘an economic force’, campaigning successfully for coding to be introduced as a mandatory part of the UK National Curriculum, making the UK one of the first countries in the world to do so.

Kathryn has served on the advisory boards of the London Mayor and No. 10 Downing Street. She was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 2017 and 2021.

In 2015 Kathryn was awarded an MBE for services to education in the Queen’s Honours.

Kathryn Parsons’ Newsfeed

The Times
Chatbots to take over, brain implants and RIP for WFH — the 2023 tech predictions

Kathryn Parsons makes her predictions for 2023.

The Sunday Times
ChatGPT is proof the AI chatbots are here to stay

Kathryn Parsons weighs up the future of Chat GPT, the chatbot launched by Open AI boss Sam Altman in November.

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Kathryn Parsons’ Background

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

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Board Positions

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

Media

Sisterhood Works Podcast
Kathryn Parsons MBE on Self-Care and Building Resilience
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.

Interviews

My first boss: Kathryn Parsons, Decoded CEO and digital education pioneer
Mar 2022
In this interview Kathryn Parsons gives an insight into her work ethic which she inherited from her mother. Kathryn also discusses the importance of female role models in business.

Features

Marie Claire Future Shapers 2020: Meet the judges
Featured
Dec 2020
London, UK
Kathryn Parsons is featured in an article by Marie Claire regarding her role as a judge for Marie Claire's Future Shapers 2020.

Publications

Westminster needs to get a grip and learn some digital skills
Author
Aug 2021
London, UK
In this article, Kathryn writes for City A.M. regarding the government's need to improve and advance its digital skills and technology.

Awards & Recognition

New Year Honours
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
2015
London, UK
Kathryn was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for her services to education.

Speaking Engagements

Kathryn Parsons | Speaking
Various
Kathryn is a sought-after public speaker with over 10 years of experience in the digital sector, she specialises on the topics of The Education Revolution, Rewiring Business, The Future of Work and Digital Leadership. Kathryn has been invited to speak by many well-known businesses such as JP Morgan, Adobe and Mastercard.

Press Releases

KFC UK & Ireland
Nov 2021
London, UK
KFC announced its partnership with Decoded to build an in-house Data Academy where employees will be able to learn cutting-edge data science techniques and gain qualifications in data analytics.

Kathryn Parsons’ Education

Downing College Cambridge
BA, Classics & Classical Languages, Literature & Linguistics
2000 - 2003