Who We Are
On The Ball
Our founder Rebecca Harding
Rebecca is a communications, marketing and business development specialist.
She is the Worldwide Vice Chairman of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists as well as Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing for the whole of the Midlands region in the UK. She was recently awarded Highly Commended Finalist in IOD’s Non-Executive Director of the Year. She is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
She founded Saltwhistle Communications in 2000 and has developed an impressive portfolio of clients particularly within the professional services industry. Clients have ranged from multi-national firms, such as accountants Deloittes, PWC and EY, to law firms like Stephenson Harwood, Norton Rose Fulbright and Weightmans, as well as international businesses such as MediaCom (part of WPP).
Each client benefits from a range of services including practice/business consultancy, partner/executive/board advisory services, marketing, pitching and business development, innovation workshops and communications solutions. Much of her current work is international, her furthest client being in New Zealand.
She works with firms to increase their international effectiveness as well as helping draw together international tenders/pitches. She has also acted as a temporary marketing director for firms.
A professional in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa and a qualified yacht skipper!
Prior to establishing Saltwhistle Communications, Rebecca was Head of Communications at Andersens for half the practice areas. She worked across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Rebecca also worked in marketing within the oil industry, with corporations such as BNFL, BP, ESSO and Shell. She started her career in production at BBC Pebble Mill, working on programmes such as Top Gear.
She was a County Councillor, including being in cabinet and overseeing the Education and Young People brief. She was also on the parliamentary list. Rebecca has held a range of positions including: Business Forum Committee Member at Kingston Business School, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Future of Practice Committee and a member of the Small Business Advisory Panel at the ACCA.
She currently does a chat show for the BBC. She has been quoted and published widely in trade journals, as well as national newspapers such as the Sunday Times.
In her spare time, she has qualified as a yacht skipper and has trained as a game ranger in the Kruger and as a falconer.