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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 UK Prime Minister and London Mayor's Business Advisory Boards 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.

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The Drum
25 from 25: women who have shaped the digital industry (part 1)

Described by The Evening Standard as “a woman on a mission to teach us all to code”, Kathryn Parsons co-founded Decoded in 2011. She remains chief executive of the technology education company, which promises to teach anyone to code in a day and is currently active in over 85 cities worldwide. The firm’s accelerated learning experiences have since expanded to include the worlds of code, data, innovation, cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Most influential women in UK tech: The 2019 longlist

Kathryn Parsons, founder and co-CEO, Decoded was mentioned in Computer Weekly's annual list of the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Technology. This year, 360 women who have made a significant contribution both to the women in tech movement and the technology sector overall. Publishing the longlist each year is part of Computer Weekly’s commitment to showcasing the amazing female technology talent that exists throughout the UK.

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Kathryn Parsons’ Background

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

Other Business Interests

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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