Kate Kernaghan is the founding Director of Factotum Communications, currently working with clients across Transport, Mining and Water Infrastructure.
FACTOTUM - (Noun)mid-16th century Latin: A person of diverse responsibilities; a master of everything.
FACTOTUMCOMMUNICATIONS - (Noun)est 2020: A collective of experienced, results-orientated professionals with adaptive skill sets enabling them to exceed expectations on delivery of all outcomes.
An early career schooling in large scale public events provided solid foundations for Kate in communication, interagency collaboration and immovable deadlines!
Looking for a more family friendly hours, Kate was welcomed to the Communication and Stakeholder Engagement fold with Roads and Maritime Services ( now Transport for NSW) in her early 30s. Kate often reflects fondly on her time with RMS, particularly the opportunities working on some delightfully contentious projects and programs in the road infrastructure space across the CBD and Greater Sydney.
Kate took up the Strategic Communications Manager role at Water NSW in 2018 working on infrastructure projects at all stages from concept design, to EIS right through to delivery, before starting Factotum Communications in early 2020 to put her well rounded skillset to use across a broader client base.
Among other projects, Kate is currently the Independent Chair of a community advisory panel for a mining project, ensuring the engagement remains authentic, transparent, accountable and productive for all parties involved.
From State Significant Infrastructure planning and delivery to stakeholder relationship rehabilitation, Kate has the skills and experience to navigate the approvals, social and political licence, and stakeholder management aspects of any project. In the midst of an unprecedented infrastructure spend, increasing environmental awareness and a fascinating shift towards digital engagement, it’s an exciting time to be supporting projects and their stakeholders.