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Kate Hartley


Kate Hartley

Co-founder, Polpeo

Kate's professional bio / interests

I'm a crisis communications specialist, writer, crisis trainer and author of 'Communicate in a Crisis' (Kogan Page, 2019), which explores the changing way people behave in crisis situations, particularly on social media. I co-founded Polpeo (, a crisis simulation company that helps some of the biggest brands in the world prepare to deal with a crisis as it breaks and spreads over social and digital media. My background is 25 years of PR agency experience, specialising in crisis for the last 10 or so. I'm a trainer in crisis communications for the PRCA and a member of the CIPR. I also speak / run workshops on crisis at various industry events, including PR Week Crisis Comms, SXSW, The Global PR Summit and others.

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A career highlight

Co-founding my own business in 2013 - I never looked back.




Joined Guild

Jun 01, 2020