“My passion is to help clients communicate their message logically and simply, ensuring noticeable and effective results.”
The Communications Consultant (TCC) was founded by Sofie Verbruggen, a communications professional with over 15 years’ experience, gained predominantly in the energy and construction sectors. Sofie’s career in communications began in 2006 when she landed a short-term role with EPC giant KBR that would essentially sculpt her career for years to come. The role was as a Communications Officer for what is today the world’s biggest Gas to Liquids project, Pearl GTL, working alongside client Shell. Operating from KBR’s London office, Sofie helped set up a Communications Department for the Qatar based project. What started off as 3-month contract soon turned into a permanent role, and Sofie was on a steep learning curve coming up with ways to communicate to what would, at the peak of construction, become a 52,000-man strong workforce.
Once Pearl moved into the on-site construction phase with the communications strategy and an on-site communications manager in place, Sofie was asked to work for one of KBR’s subsidiaries, M.W. Kellogg, heading up their Corporate Communications Department. There she focused on setting up and rolling out an internal communications plan aimed at over 5000 globally located employees, as well as launching the company’s CSR program. After a couple of years at M.W. Kellogg and having showcased her abilities working on mega-project Pearl GTL, the KBR team asked her to head up project communications on Gorgon, which is the world’s largest LNG project. Working alongside client Chevron and their PR team, Sofie gained valuable experience in a role that saw her travelling regularly between London, Perth, Singapore, Jakarta and the project location on Barrow Island, managing a global communications team.
After spending six years in London, Sofie accepted an offer to join EPCI contractor McDermott in Dubai, managing communications for three of their projects, Zakum, KJO and Safaniya, working alongside the project teams, Project Directors and McDermott’s top clients, ADNOC and Saudi Aramco.
A couple of years later she joined London listed rig builder and fabricator Lamprell where she worked as their Corporate Communications Manager, managing both internal and external communication. She handled all aspects of communications related to media, annual reporting, internal communications and was instrumental in landing the company a spot in the 2014 Guinness World Book of Records.
In 2016 Sofie decided to pursue her dream of running her own business, and she launched TCC in early 2017. Today she works with clients spread across the globe, helping them with an array of communications needs. She collaborates with carefully selected experts who specialise in graphic design and digital media to provide an integrated communication solution.
Sofie has a degree in Public Relations which she obtained in Cape Town, South Africa, and has completed various communications and management courses throughout her career.