Kate Craig-Wood

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Kate Helen Craig-Wood
Residence Guildford, Surrey
Other names Robert Hardy Craig-Wood
Occupation IT Entrepreneur
Years active 2002 -
Employer Memset
Known for It Entrepreneurship, Transexual activism & being transexual
Board member of
Intellect, Gender Identity Research and Education Society
Awards NatWest Women in Business: Young Director 2010

Kate Craig-Wood (born 1977) 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.[1]


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.[2] Memset has been voted best UK Web host six years running (2006–2011)[3] and has won a number of other awards for innovation, environmental awareness and IT strategy.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Personal life and Transsexual activism[edit]

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 and divorced in 2006. The divorce was a result of her beginning her male-to-female gender transition, which she undertook between October 2005 and November 2006.

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."[6]

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.


  1. ^ Meyer, David (15 November 2007). "MP: Tech needs more female role models". ZDNet UK. 
  2. ^ "Memset goes Carbon Neutral". Hub Magazine. Enterprise Hub Network. 
  3. ^ "PCPro award winners 2007". PC Pro. 4 December 2007. 
  4. ^ MEMSET Hosting : News
  5. ^ "Female entrepreneur joins Intellect's board". Women in Technology. 25 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Best of Times, Worst of Times: Kate Craig-Wood". The Sunday Times. 30 March 2008. 

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