who we are

The team here at Saltwhistle are different.

Dynamic, energetic, detail focussed, friendly, professional, sharp, intelligent, on the ball, caring, responsible, questioning, imaginative, smart, clear thinking, controlled, leaders, open minded, creative, business minded.

The list of adjectives are endless!

Saltwhistle founder, Rebecca Harding has developed an impressive portfolio of clients and particularly within the professional services industry.

Clients have ranged from multi-national firms to SMEs, individuals and charities. She has acted as temporary marketing director for firms, such as a Top 100 law firm Thomas Eggar.

Each client benefits from her range of consultancy, advisory, marketing, business development and innovation solutions. She has also specialised in issue based lobbying, having prepared public Budget responses for many years for big city firms, as well as working on political issues for Washington based political bodies.

Rebecca was previously responsible for Public Relations for Andersen’s UK Tax Practice, Human Capital Practice, Property Practice and Environmental Practice. She worked across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Her media success was extensive, generating coverage in everything from regional papers to the Today Programme and the New York Post.

She worked with individual, senior partners to improve their communications, leadership approach and presentation. She spent time providing support internationally, including a period in Frankfurt as she did her degree in German.

Rebecca developed her comprehensive knowledge of professional services when she was General Practice Marketing and Communications Manager for the Institute of Chartered Accountants In England and Wales. She also had a role where she provided advice on marketing, communications and other topical issues to accountancy practices nationwide.

Rebecca worked in educational communications and marketing within the energy industry, with corporations such as BNFL, BP, ESSO and Shell.

Rebecca is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, on the Council of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and Vice Chairman of the Central Region for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has held a number of influential positions, for example:

• County Councillor for Northamptonshire and a parliamentary candidate, including a period within the cabinet with responsibility for Education and Young People in Northamptonshire
• Business Forum Committee Member at Kingston Business School
• Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Future of the Smaller Practice Committee
• Member of the Small Business Advisory Panel at the ACCA
• Trustee Board Director for The Air Ambulance Service and the Children’s Air Ambulance Service.

She has been quoted and published in trade journals as well as national newspapers, such as the Sunday Times. She currently does the Sunday paper news review regularly and is a panel member for a discussion chat show on BBC radio. She previously worked, at the start of her career, at Pebble Mill on Daytime Live and Top Gear.

She was a graduate of the University of Birmingham and the University of Siegen, Germany, acquiring a degree in German Studies. In her spare time, she has qualified as a yacht skipper, completed the Fasnet on a BT challenge yacht, completed a course as a game ranger in the Kruger and is an animal and dog enthusiast. She is a supporter of the arts and writes a successful blog, and fiction.

Click here for Rebecca Harding’s Writer’s Blog.

What they’re saying…

“Outstanding…a deep understanding of how to enhance the positioning and perception of firms … tailor ideas and initiatives so that they are relevant and easy to adopt by partners, owners and others alike…brings much energy to the projects..so that results are delivered fast. I recommend Saltwhistle very strongly to firms seeking high level advice.”

John MaxeyBoard member, Partner, Deloitte LLP

“…a hard working and reassuring support to us…positive outlook and unfailing optimism and spirit are very much missed…quite simply, extremely competent and …has perseverance, intelligence and an intuitive sense that is very hard indeed to find elsewhere. Suffice it to say that I would employ…again… without hesitation.”

PrincipalMalthouse & Co, Chairman of the General Practitioner Board, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

“..lifted the practices to a new dimension…introduced a public relations strategy for the practices and provided tactical advice on all aspects… also worked with and advised partners at the most senior level…achieved great coverage and really made a difference to our profile in these areas…a real asset to the team: sensitive to other people and…for developing and nurturing more junior members of staff. I would recommend…whole-heartedly.”

Head of Public RelationsEMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa), Andersen, then Head of Worldwide Communications at Clifford Chance