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Kathryn Parsons

Co-Founder & CEO

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London, UK

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Kathryn Parsons’ Biography

Kathryn is co-founder and CEO Decoded, a technology education company known for their fast, no-jargon, hands-on learning experiences. Their Digital and Data Academies are sought by organisations seeking to rapidly rewire the digital literacy, leadership, data culture and capability of their organisations. Clients span the Fortune and FTSE 500 to policy makers at Washington to Whitehall.

This year she was listed as one of the FT’s top 30 female entrepreneurs. Kathryn has been described as "an economic force", campaigning successfully for coding to be introduced as a mandatory to the UK National Curriculum making the UK one of the first countries in the world to do so.

She has served on the advisory boards of the London Mayor and No.10 Downing Street. She was also a NED on the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 2017 and 2021. She received an MBE for services to Education in the Queen’s Honours in 2014.
Kathryn is co-founder and CEO Decoded, a technology education company known for their fast, no-jargon, hands-on learning experiences. Their Digital and Data Academies are sought by organisations seeking to rapidly rewire the digital literacy, leadership, data culture and capability of their organisations. Clients span the Fortune and FTSE 500 to policy makers at Washington to Whitehall.

This year she was listed as one of the FT’s top 30 female entrepreneurs. Kathryn has been described as "an economic force", campaigning successfully for coding to be introduced as a mandatory to the UK National Curriculum making the UK one of the first countries in the world to do so.

She has served on the advisory boards of the London Mayor and No.10 Downing Street. She was also a NED on the Board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 2017 and 2021. She received an MBE for services to Education in the Queen’s Honours in 2014.

Kathryn Parsons’ Newsfeed

Decoded
Yum! Brands invests in future skills with Decoded

Decoded has announced its partnership with Yum! Brands to build an in-house Dada Academy in the UK.

Financial Times
The UK’s female entrepreneurs battling for a fair share of funding

Kathryn Parsons, Founder & CEO of Decoded, is featured in an article by the Financial Times regarding the battle female entrepreneurs in the UK face for a fair share of funding.

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Kathryn Parsons’ Background

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

Kathryn Parsons’ Gallery

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.

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 & Endorsements

New Year Honours
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
2016
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.

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