CEO of Templars Communications & Award-Winning Entrepreneur
Kitty Parry is the Founder and CEO of the Social Media Charter (SMC), a ground breaking initiative which unlocks the potential for compliant social media use in the financial services. The SMC’s mission is to draw together the industry, regulators and consumers, in collaborative conversation to allow best practice social media use for the financial services. According to Forbes, Kitty has spotted a niche in the market, commenting that the need for the SMC is ‘glaring’. To support the SMC’s work, Kitty founded the Responsible Social Media Summit, an annual event run in the House of Lords bringing together CEOs with other expertise in the financial services industry to drive responsible business through better ethical and more transparent behaviour.
An entrepreneurial vision has been a theme throughout Kitty’s career; prior to founding the Charter, Kitty set up her first business at 16, Templars Communications at 25 and the Accelerating Change Network at 27. In 2014 she was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is frequently asked to speak on regulation and social media having been involved in World Economic Forum panels at Davos and broadcast channels including BBC Radio 4.
Kitty also sits on the board of the charity Nexus, which helps to match younger wealth holders with social entrepreneurs. She has been recognised as the Network She Young Business Women of the Year 2013, and was shortlisted for PR Consultant of the Year by the PRCA in 2009. The drive behind all her work, whether with Nexus or the Social Media Charter is to create and encourage innovative solutions to listen to customers and clients, thereby improving perceptions of the financial services industry and revitalising trust in the sector.