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Dame Stephanie Shirley and Decoded co-founder Kathryn Parsons enter BIMA Hall of Fame

The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) has inducted IT pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley and Decoded co-founder Kathryn Parsons into its hall of fame, expanding its roll call of technologies good and the great.

Shirley rose to prominence after founding technology firm Freelance Programmers, subsequently rebranded as Xansa, in 1962, before being appointed director of AEA Technology in 1992. Shirley was also the first female president of the British Computer Society and served on the board of the John Lewis Partnership between 1999 and 2001.

Parsons meanwhile founded technology education firm Decoded in 2011 since which it has helped raise digital literacy and passed on vital skills, bringing boards and leadership teams up to speed with how the digital world operates. An education evangelist Parsons is also a champion of coding in the national curriculum and chair of the UK Institute for Coding.

Bridget Beale, MD at BIMA, said: “Dame Stephanie and Kathryn have been real trailblazers within the digital industry, through both their work and their approach to business. We’re delighted to induct them into the BIMA Hall of Fame.

"We’re also pleased to share the BIMA 100 of 2017, which features the finest digital talent in the UK. At a time when digital skills are demanded by a growing number of sectors, it’s vital to champion the great work being done, and encourage and inspire future generations to take digital even further.”

BIMA released its annual BIMA 100 list of individuals and companies who have done most to shape Britain’s digital industry.

The organisation has also completed an internal re-structure designed to give greater autonomy to its regional chairs.