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

communikate et al’s strategic thinking and appreciation of our complex political overlay as a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide has helped us establish our presence with our stakeholders and the community. They have developed media and influencer campaigns that have delivered outcomes exceeding expectations and identified potential risks and how to manage them. Their digital expertise has strengthened our social media presence and website information architecture and they are a knowledgeable source of digital best practice. The team produces quality work within tight timeframes and keep us informed of progress. It’s a really positive working relationship.

Rebecca Moyle-Croft
Marketing Manager, Adelaide Economic Development Agency

It has been excellent working with communikate. They have been very professional throughout our project and their creativity has delivered a unique product that captured our needs in an exciting and unexpected way. I look forward to working with them more in the future.

Matthew Thomson
Former Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Uniting Country SA

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

Could not be happier with the team at communikate et al. They understand us, and that is reflected in the brand assets they crafted for our business. The positive feedback has been overwhelming.

James Kennett
Executive Director, Kennett Builders

communikate bring a valuable offering to project delivery mainly due to their industry experience in navigating through complex situations by providing balanced points of views with focused outcomes.

Mark Van Roekel
Capital Delivery Manager, Flinders Ports Holdings

communikate et al has been our trusted partner for strategic communications and advice over a number of years. The team is always responsive and reliable, and the quality of work is first rate.

Anita Harvey
Head of Brand & Marketing, Fullerton Health Australia

We trust our reputation with communikate et al.
They understand our philosophy of care and strategic direction and work with our executive team to navigate complex situations to provide responsive, robust internal and external communications advice that builds and protects our brand.
They are also adept at developing content and telling stories that bring to life our point of difference in the aged care sector. Not only are they skilled at what they do, they are great people to work with.

Allen Candy
CEO, Lifecare

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

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