Kate Hartley

Co-Founder & Crisis Trainer

Kate Hartley is the co-founder of Polpeo and the author of ‘Communicate in a Crisis’ (Kogan Page, 2019), a book that explores the changing way people behave in crisis situations, and how organisations respond.

Kate has 25 years’ agency-side experience in crisis and reputation management and corporate PR. She is a trainer in crisis communications for the PRCA, the UK’s PR industry association, and a guest lecturer in crisis communications for various universities. She has particular experience in online child safety, working with social networks and online games.

She has spoken at and run workshops on the impact of social media on crisis management at international events including SXSW, The Global PR Summit, PR Week’s Crisis Comms, and Social Media Today’s Social Shake Up.

Kate is a member of the CIPR and the PRCA. She was named one of PRovoke’s ‘Innovator 25’ in EMEA in 2021.

Kate Hartley