Kate Craig-Wood

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Kate Craig-Wood
Kate Craig-Wood 2010.jpg
Craig-Wood in 2010
Born(1977-02-01)1 February 1977
Died22 September 2020(2020-09-22) (aged 43)
OccupationIt entrepreneur
Years active2002 – 2019
Known forIt Entrepreneurship, Transsexual activism & being transgender
Board member ofIntellect, Gender Identity Research and Education Society
AwardsNatWest Women in Business: Young Director 2010

Kate Helen Craig-Wood (1977—2020[1])[2] was a British IT entrepreneur and the co-founder and managing director of Memset Dedicated Hosting. She received a number of awards, including being listed 4th among the 25 most influential women in UK IT in 2012.[3] Craig-Wood was a transgender woman, and was known for promoting energy efficiency in IT, women in IT, and transgender acceptance.[4]


Craig-Wood taught herself various programming languages and internet technologies, and after completing an MSc in Biomedical Science[5] joined Arthur Andersen business consulting as an IT consultant.[3] She later became head of business development for Easyspace Ltd., one of the UK's largest web hosting companies.[3]

In 2002, Craig-Wood left Easyspace and founded Memset with her brother, Nick.[6] Memset has grown rapidly since its inception. Memset is Britain's first carbon neutral ISP.[7] Memset has been voted best UK Web host six years running (2006–2011)[8] and won a number of other awards for innovation, environmental awareness and IT strategy.[9]

Craig-Wood was a proponent of energy-efficient computing and was a UK finalist in the 2008 BlackBerry Women and Technology awards for "best use of technology by a woman in a small to medium business".[6] She was a director of Intellect UK, the UK's high-tech trade association,[10] and chaired its climate change group.[11] She was also involved with the British Computer Society's efforts on green IT via her committee membership of the Data Centre Specialist Group.[3]

Kate resigned as a Director of Memset in August 2018,[12] and relinquished her share of financial control, under the name Kate Helen Bishopwood, on March 12th 2020 [13] when the company was sold to iomart

Personal life and trans activism[edit]

Craig-Wood was born 1st February 1977. [14] Craig-Wood was educated at the Royal Grammar School and attended the University of Southampton obtaining a 2:1 in Biomedical Science and a master's degree in the same field.[15]

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.[6]

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 [transgender people]."[16]

She was an executive committee member and trustee of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society, and worked with the group with a focus on improving medical care in the UK for young trans people.[17][18]


Craig-Wood died on 22nd September 2020. [1] [19]


  1. ^ a b https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3749916
  2. ^ Simpson, Aislinn (4 July 2009). "Award-winning female manager was born a man". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "The 25 most influential women in UK IT 4. Kate Craig-Wood, managing director, Memset; Intellect board member". Computer Weekly. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  4. ^ Meyer, David (15 November 2007). "MP: Tech needs more female role models". ZDNet UK.
  5. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (7 July 2009). "Kate Craig-Wood: 'I'm lucky, many men would never pass for a woman'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Whitehead, Peter (14 May 2008). "What IT means to me: No longer a member of any boys' clubs". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Memset goes Carbon Neutral". Hub Magazine. Enterprise Hub Network. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  8. ^ "PCPro award winners 2007". PC Pro. 4 December 2007. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  9. ^ MEMSET Hosting : News
  10. ^ "Female entrepreneur joins Intellect's board". Women in Technology. 25 May 2007.
  11. ^ "Kate Craig Wood – Memset". The Business Magazine. 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  12. ^ https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/04504980/officers
  13. ^ https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/04504980/filing-history
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150213052146if_/https://twitter.com/memset_kate
  15. ^ "Sex change Kate has never looked back". GetSurrey. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Best of Times, Worst of Times: Kate Craig-Wood". The Sunday Times. 30 March 2008.
  17. ^ "Transphobic bullying: Could you deal with it in your school?" (PDF). UKTrans. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  18. ^ "THE GENDER IDENTITY RESEARCH EDUCATION SOCIETY". Open Charities. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  19. ^ https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/officers/ja9khWDuJ1iVPHDU248RJYmR_Hc/appointments

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