Kate Hannemann

Managing Director and Founder

Kate’s passion for working with businesses and leaders to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks they face around their reputation underpins the direction of communikate et al.

Kate established communikate et al in 1995 with a firm focus on achieving real results for clients in a contemporary style consultancy, merging marketing with PR. She has since added digital, design and stakeholder/customer engagement to communikate et al given the change in needs of the industries we work in.

Given her governance experience, she now works with clients and the communikate et al team in a strategic development role for clients, particularly those leading complex organisations with a multitude of stakeholders where their reputation and relationships with each is highly likely to affect their success.

Demand for communikate et al’s services continues to grow across a multitude of different sectors Australia-wide as the businesses communikate et al works with capitalise on the opportunities ahead.

Kate is committed to ensuring that communikate et al is an employer of choice, knowing that the team is the lifeblood of the business. She has always been passionate about offering opportunities to students and early-career professionals as part of her commitment to developing talent in a meaningful and values oriented environment.

Her acquired expertise spans a range of specialist industry sectors including:

  • education
  • aged care
  • retail
  • the arts
  • entrepreneurial business
  • property
  • franchising
  • not-for-profit
  • major events
  • government
  • health
Governance and community

Another of Kate’s passions is giving back to community so she has a long history of board and committee roles in education, entrepreneurship, arts, franchising and aged care.

Kate is the Chair of the Governing Council for one of SA’s top performing schools, Linden Park Primary School.

Her prior governance experience includes board roles of the following organisations:

  • leading aged care provider, Eldercare
  • South Australian board of global entrepreneurial organisation, EO
  • top tier school, St Peter’s Girls School
  • youth arts company Cirkidz

Kate’s earlier community roles were as Chair of the SA Committee of the Foundation of Young Australians and a member of its National Granting Committee. She has also been a committee member of the Franchise Council.

Early in her career Kate was a lecturer, course coordinator and member of the curriculum advisory committee for the Graduate Diploma of Communications at the University of South Australia and has been called upon to lecture to business students at the University of SA.

Kate has also been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

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What our clients have to say

Bec, Henry and the team understood our brand from the get go and it showed from concept to delivery. During an intensely busy time for our team, they worked seamlessly with us to develop and manage an integrated campaign... The results were outstanding and put the hotel in an excellent position to launch into a competitive market, with strong occupancy experienced. We really value our partnership.

Chris Curran
Director of Hotel Openings & Operations, Pro-invest Hotels Group

communikate et al has become an important and trusted partner... They share our passion. We greatly value their flexibility, their responsiveness, their turnaround times, their honest appraisal of projects and their collegiality. Most of all we love the fact that they have supported our focus on achieving outcomes for older people.

Jane Mussared
Chief Executive, COTA SA

communikate et al understood our uniquely commercial and political landscape to quickly become a valued member of our team. They’ve supported our major events and activations with great results… and navigated and mitigated risk when needed. Put simply, they’re responsive, supportive and just as invested in Rundle Mall’s success as we are.

Johanna Williams
General Manager, Rundle Mall Management Authority

Following the successful development of our new website, communikate et al has maintained a proactive approach to the refinement and improvements of content and key messages in collaboration with our team. They embraced and supported us in all communication relating to the impact of COVID-19. They’re a friendly and responsive team with all requests being eagerly supported.

Nino DiSisto
Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Church Homes

We have been hugely impressed with the way communikate et al have immersed themselves in learning our brand and respecting our approach. It felt like they just ‘got us’ from the start! It has been such a pleasure working with their professional, smart and dynamic team.

Jocelyn Marsland
Manager – Communications and Marketing, Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health

Working with the talented team at communikate we have the very best communication, marketing, design and digital expertise and resources at hand. Our brand is now integrated and seamless across everything we do.

Kristen​ Pellew
Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

communikate et al were an integral part of the King William Road upgrade team from the initial community consultation right through to completion. The brand they created fit the project perfectly. They took the time to understand the complexities and always delivered with strategic oversight, ensuring things were done with purpose and meaning. Having them on board was invaluable.

Akarra Klingberg
Coordinator Business and Economic Development, City of Unley

We love the Daily Moves branding that communikate et al created. It is friendly, flexible for different applications, and our marketing collateral stands out from the rest. We have received a lot of compliments from participants and stakeholders who love it just as much as we do.

Alyssa Hill
Daily Moves Program Coordinator, City of Unley

communikate were initially engaged to assist in rebranding and marketing. I was most impressed with the way they listened, interpreted our ideas and turned them into something the whole community took pride in…. Their strategy helped us to achieve strong enrolment numbers… I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a professional, innovative, talented and highly relational marketing (and more) agency.

Peter Daw
Former Principal, Mercedes College

We've worked with the communikate et al team for 18 months and they've played a pivotal role launching the Mineral Swim brand. They have successfully driven our influencer programme, managed our social media programme and generated leads resulting in sales. They are dynamic and professional, and it’s been a pleasure working with them and seeing our brand flourish.

Daena Bougoure-Latchford
Water Treatment - Business Development Manager, Maytronics Australia