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Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons is the Founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a technology education company founded with a mission to demystify the digital world. She is an incredible Digital Transformation Speaker and Technology Speaker with an impeccable track record of speaking to businesses and huge corporate clients alike.


About Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons has had global clients including Unilever, Nike, HSBC, Burberry, Citi and MasterCard. The work of Decoded has taught code, data and cyber skills to many and has reached over half a million people in 85+ cities worldwide.  Today, Kathryn is the go-to for leaders looking to rapidly transform the digital capability and culture of their businesses.


Kathryn Parsons founded the business in 2011 with a credit card and a mission to teach anyone Code in a Day.  Driven by a personal desire to learn and to remove the fear, jargon and cliches which made technology impenetrable.  Kathryn’s passion for languages started at a young age, learning French, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and ultimately Latin and Ancient Greek at Downing College, Cambridge.  For her code is just another language, the language of the future, and one she believes anyone can learn.

Today, as we witness the disruptive impact of technology on traditional economies and social  systems, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, Kathryn is calling upon us to launch an “Education Revolution”, one which is adaptive, expansive, and lifelong to ensure that that the great benefits of technology flow to all of us.

Kathryn campaigned for coding as mandatory on the UK National Curriculum.  It was successfully introduced in 2014, making the UK one of the first countries in the world to do so and in 2015 she received an MBE in the Queen’s Honours for Services to Education.

In addition to growing and scaling her business, Kathryn is a regular Keynote and Business Speaker on “Digital Transformation” sharing her experience of how leaders, governments and individuals can embrace a digital economy.

Kathryn is also a Motivational and Inspirational Speaker. Fuelled by her passion for education and technology, she teaches how to embrace lifelong learning, by giving ourselves permission to learn and grow.

Speech Topics
  • Coding
  • Digital Disruption
  • Rewiring Businesses
  • Skills Transformation
  • Cyber Security Education
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Privacy
  • Women in Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motivational Speaking:
  • Permission to Learn
  • How to embrace lifelong learning
  • Giving ourselves Permission to Learn
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Kathryn Parsons Videos


"Helping businesses bridge the divide between digitally literate programmers and those who do not understand technology — often a company’s leadership — is a big part of Decoded’s mission"

Financial Times

"Decoded’s evangelical, and reassuringly ethical, vision has gained traction among the bosses of many of the hardest-nosed businesses…Decoded has trained thousands of people ranging from start-ups to the c-suite of multinational firms."

The Times

"A woman on a mission to teach us all to code"

Evening Standard

"Parsons is considered internationally as one of the most influential people in technology today"

Vogue Magazine

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