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Sophie Collins

Team Manager, Communications

My background

I worked in PR both at agency and in-house for 12 years before joining VMAGROUP in 2012 - making the exciting move into the world of recruitment. VMAGROUP had previously placed me as PR Manager at both Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Nuffield Health, so I knew that they could provide a driven and friendly environment that could enable me to fully utilise my PR network and experience. I haven't looked back since.

At VMAGROUP, I am a Principal Consultant and currently head up the UK External Communications practice. The team recruits for External Communications roles at all levels of seniority and across all industry sectors and disciplines, such as Corporate Communications, Consumer PR, Stakeholder Relations, External Affairs, Media Relations and Publicity.

My specialisms 

I work closely with my colleague, Nisha Darbar, on mid- and senior-level communications roles for consumer-facing organisations, NGOs, and multinationals, covering all areas including Financial Communications, PR, Media Relations, Crisis and Issues Management, Content, and Digital.

My recent projects 

Recent placements I have filled in the UK include: British Red Cross, Medical Protection Society, Yoox Net-a-Porter and Marine Stewardship Council from Manager to Director level. 

What my clients and candidates have said about me


"Sophie has been a pleasure to work with - she responds quickly to queries, is super-efficient, and was great at allaying any concerns I had. I would not hesitate to recommend other jobseekers to her, and would happily work with her again."
- Digital Content Editor at a Professional Body for Civil Engineers

"Sophie was great to work with. She is honest, articulate and dependable. She provided sound advice on upcoming roles and gave excellent suggestions when preparing for interview. I would definitely recommend working with Sophie if you are looking for a new communications role in the NGO/Health (or any) sector."
Senior External Affairs at a NGOs Health Organisation

"Sophie is hands down the best recruiter I have worked with. Unlike many, she took the time to understand exactly the type of role I was after and was very specific in the roles she sent my way. I really appreciated her refreshing and thoughtful approach and couldn't recommend her services more highly."
- External Relations Manager at a leading beverage and food company