Kate Craig-Wood

United Kingdom

born: 1977

Kate Craig-Wood is a British IT entrepreneur and the co-founder and managing director of Memset Dedicated Hosting. She works for the causes of energy efficiency, especially in the data centre, and women in IT.

 

Craig-Wood was born in 1977 as Robert Craig-Wood. Craig-Wood was educated at the Royal Grammar School and attended the University of Southampton obtaining a 2:1 in Biomedical Science and a Masters Degree in the same field.

Craig-Wood married in 2000, though later divorced in 2006 as a result of her beginning her male-to-female gender transition, which she undertook between October 2005 and November 2006.

Craig-Wood taught herself various programming languages and internet technologies, and after completing an MSc is in Biomedical Science joined Arthur Andersen business consulting as an IT consultant. She was later head-hunted to work as head of business development for Easyspace Ltd., one of the UK's largest web hosting companies. In late 2002 she left Easyspace and founded Memset with her brother, Nick. Memset has grown rapidly since its inception. Memset is Britain's first carbon neutral ISP. Memset has been voted best UK Web host six years running (2006–2011) and has won a number of other awards for innovation, environmental awareness and IT strategy.

In March 2008 she "came out" in the Sunday Times Magazine "in the hope that she might be the role model to younger transwomen that she never had, and also to try and dispel some myths about the transgendered."

Craig-Wood takes an active interest in local and national business affairs, through her positions on corporate boards which include: director of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, a committee member of the Institute of Directors West Surrey branch, and is a director of Intellect UK, the UK's high-tech trade association.

Craig-Wood is an environmental campaigner through promoting energy-efficient computing, and has been a speaker on the subject at events. She is part of Intellect UK's directorial leadership group on energy and efficiency, and is involved with the British Computer Society's efforts on green IT via her committee membership of the Data Centre Specialist Group.

She is executive committee member and trustee of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society, and is working with the group with a focus on improving medical care in the UK for young transpeople. 

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