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 values 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.

Most recently, Kate was 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

I have worked with communikate et al for many years in a number of roles. They form an integral part of our team at Walara, having taken the time to understand our community and the two businesses that merged to develop a brand name and identity that reflects our shared values and vision for future growth in the lower mid-north region. communikate has created an extensive range of content and communication assets to establish us as a leading provider of aged care services in the region. We’ve received nothing short of positive feedback from our residents, their families and our staff.

Nino Di Sisto
CEO, Walara

The South Australian Museum worked with communikate on a SA Tourism Award submission. The submission is a huge task with many moving parts and communikate helped bring it all together seamlessly. Always a pleasure working with CK!

Ashleigh Glynn
Communications Lead, SA Museum

The visual impact of the creative was exactly what the Local Government Association was looking for to engage audiences and drive an increase in nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups on council.

As a result of the advertising we saw a particularly strong increase in candidates identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and many more candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Local Government Association
Director, Media & Communications, LGA

communikate et al’s design work is visually impactful, and they partnered with us to help bring our vision to life. Our tagline ‘flourish’, is an excellent reflection of our core values, beautiful botanic campus and our genuine aspirations for every young person in our care.

communikate’e professionalism, relatability and ability to give life to our vision is commendable.

Andrew Balkwill
Principal, Mercedes Collge

The communikate team really took the time to understand our business. They very quickly came up to speed on our products and the nuances of our very technical and specialised industry. They’ve written accurate and engaging content to be used in industry publications, our electronic newsletter, and on LinkedIn, which has performed really well.

Matthew Stead
Co-Founder and CEO, Ping Services

We have really enjoyed partnering with communikate on some key projects and appreciate their responsiveness and the quality of service they provide. communikate’s ability to be agile and quickly act on changes to strategy has been impressive and has resulted in us being confident in the fact that they keep the best interests of our campaign front of mind. The level of detail they provide in their reports has ensured we’re able to learn from our hits and misses and adapt our future strategies accordingly.

Daniel Stevens
Marketing & Communications Team Leader, City of Adelaide

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

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

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 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
Former Coordinator Business and Economic Development, City of Unley