Whistledown was founded over twenty years ago and is one of the UK’s leading independent audio production companies.

Although we work with a wide range of freelancers around the world, our team is based in London. We are proud to have signed the Equality in Audio Pact, and have been involved in the Multitrack scheme since the very beginning.

David Prest

Managing Director

David is responsible for giving a creative lead to the Senior Editorial team, looking for new stories, new talent, partnerships and opportunities for the company. He loves the editorial challenge of continually finding great stories and giving them the impact they deserve.

As the Editor of The Reunion, the BBC Radio 4 programme we conceived in 2003, he’s always looking for moments from contemporary history that fit its unique format and can give the listener genuine hindsight and reflection on a major news story or cultural event from our past. In our branded content work, David works with businesses and organisations at the top of their game who have a cracking story to tell, and a desire to engage with the audio audience in a creative way.

Ultimately for David, it’s about working with people who have an eye for a great story and ear for great audio.

Katrina Fallon

Director of Broadcast Operations

Katrina manages all of the company finances and operations.

When she’s not looking after business infrastructure, you might find her at The Photographer’s Gallery - her West End sanctuary - or at home trying a new vegetarian recipe. Or crocheting a blanket she suspects she’ll never finish and dreaming of crofting on Shetland.

Katrina is the person to send your invoices to.

Will Yates

Editorial Director

Will is responsible for the editorial direction and values of Whistledown's output.

He produces and executive produces a broad range of programmes and podcasts, specialising in factual, investigative, global and personal stories. He’d love to hear ideas for big investigations like The Great Post Office Trial, extraordinary personal stories for My Name is... innovative solutions journalism for Positive Thinking and anything that makes him say "Wow!"

He’s also a bit of a sports fan - Leeds United to the core, a cricket bore and rapidly becoming borderline evangelical about the benefits of cycling.

Anishka Sharma

Senior Editor: Arts, Factual and Drama

Anishka is an Executive Producer of documentaries and podcasts across the BBC - namely for Radio 4, Radio 1 and the BBC World Service. She also manages podcast projects for Audible, Spotify, and a range of universities.

Anishka is always keen to hear new ideas from producers and presenters with varying levels of experience, so do get in touch with any pitches for arts and factual programmes. She also works across audio drama projects and is happy to hear from anyone in that world; be it a director, production manager, sound designer, or a writer looking to pitch ideas for a drama series.

Kate Holland

Senior Editor: Podcasts

Kate looks after a large number of the podcasts we make - for the BBC, Audible, Spotify and commercial clients.

Kate’s role involves everything from development and pitching, to producing, executive producing and publishing. Kate’s interests are in sociopolitical documentaries and comedy and entertainment podcasts. She’d love to hear podcast ideas that are adventurous and bring something new to the audience, as well as those that put underrepresented voices at the centre.

Robert Nicholson

Senior Editor: Topical Programmes

Robert produces and executive produces programmes for a wide range of suppliers, as well as pitching and developing ideas, training staff and managing client relationships.

His focus is on current affairs programming and journalism that relates more closely to the news - programmes like reactive documentaries, analysis of political and social issues, solutions journalism, and hard-hitting investigations like his recent BBC Radio 4 series The Great Post Office Trial.

Robert is looking to hear ideas for programmes that help us understand the world as it is now. He’s interested in both UK and international ideas, including one-off stories, formats and narrative podcasts.

Emma Barnaby

Audio Producer

Emma makes audio documentaries and podcasts, often about social issues, foregrounding the lives and voices of those who experience them.

Her recent programmes include BBC Radio 4’s Assisted Loving and The Learning Revolution. She also makes factual series for Audible.

Sound design is a really important part of the audio Emma makes, and one of her favourite parts of the job. Outside the office she plays the cello, and that always seems to end up finding its way into the programmes she makes.

Simon Jarvis

Audio Producer

Simon is a producer at Whistledown, making programmes and podcasts on a broad range of subjects from polyamorous relationships to Climate Wars.

Simon came to journalism slightly later in life. But he was a professional musician and then a music shop owner, so audio has always been integral to his life.

He also manages the Whistledown studio. Give us a call or email to ask about studio bookings.