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Kathryn Parsons

Co-Founder & CEO


London, UK

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Kathryn Parsons’ Biography

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

Financial Times
Executive education contenders with a different angle

Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive of Decoded, is mentioned in an article by the Financial Times regarding the acceleration of many societal shifts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kathryn Parsons’ Background

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

Kathryn Parsons’ Gallery

Current 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)


Sisterhood Works
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

New Year Honours
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.

Speaking Engagements

Kathryn Parsons | Speaking
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.

Kathryn Parsons’ Education

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