Kathryn Parsons is Founder and Co-CEO of technology education company Decoded, on a mission to create the most digitally literate and skilled workforce of the future. Working with leaders, innovators and high-performing talent worldwide, Decoded are famous for their accelerated learning experiences spanning AI for boards and Data Ethics for policy makers to university level qualifications in advanced analytics.
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 believes that we are on the cusp of an “Education Revolution”, one in which lifelong learning will play a critical part and which requires governments, CEOs and individuals to give themselves the permission to learn new skills. She campaigned successfully for Code as a mandatory subject on the UK National curriculum receiving an MBE for services to Education in 2014. Joining the board of the UK gov Department for Business (2018-2021),
Kathryn campaigned for a Future Skills Fund to empower everyone to invest in their lifelong learning. Kathryn graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics and started her first business at 26 years old. She supports and mentors a number of education charities and female founded businesses and has sat on the business advisory boards of The London Mayor and Number Ten Downing Street.