Steering maritime recruitment

Finding the right person for your vacancy can be time-consuming and expensive. You need amazing prospects vetted for the role, not a stack of resumes. With unique backgrounds across the maritime sectors, we know how and where to find the people you need.

better for clients
Better for candidates

Since launching in 2020, Helm has built a reputation for disrupting how maritime recruitment works. No endless lists of candidates, no meaningless phone calls. Just total focus on finding the very best people for our clients.

With more than 50 combined years in recruitment, along with 80 combined years working in the maritime industry, we KNOW maritime recruitment and are blazing a trail in the industry.

We work with clients who are able to match our commitment by signing with us exclusively. Then we spend time seeking out the very best candidates for the role, not just trawling through those who are actively looking.

We are taking the helm of maritime recruitment.



Meet the team

Stine Martinussen
CEO and Founder

After spending more than a decade in maritime recruitment, Stine launched Helm Recruitment in January 2020 with one mission; to create a people-first recruitment suite. In an industry dominated by KPIs and databases, Stine broke rank and developed a disruptive business model that breeds trust, compassion and excellence for clients, candidates, and recruiters alike. 

A much-respected voice in the maritime sector in Singapore and beyond, Stine is a regular pundit in industry newspapers. 

A Danish native, Stine has lived in Singapore with her husband and son since 2008.

Email: stine@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6542

Schedule a meeting: Stine’s Calendly

Daniel Thompson

When Daniel’s former colleague Stine told him she was starting her own agency where consultant KPI’s would be ditched in favour of honest connection, his only question was, “When can I join?”. 

A former yachtsman with over a decade of experience as a maritime recruiter, Daniel has a unique insight into the shipping and commercial industry that has proved to be an exceptional asset when working on C and D level search.

Originally from Ireland, Daniel has returned to Dublin after 18 years abroad, spending time in Europe, Asia and America.

Email: daniel@helmgrow.com

Phone: +353 87 987 4692 

Schedule a meeting: Dan’s Calendly 

Richard Long
Senior Consultant (EMEA)

What do you get when a former Charterer and Vessel Operator moves to maritime recruitment?

One of the most innovative insiders you could hope for on your hiring team, that’s what! 

With almost a decade of experience in chartering and operations followed by just as many years in recruitment, Richard has a unique insight into the maritime industry that allows him to navigate even the trickiest vacancies. 

Richard lives on the Isle of Wight with his wife and growing family and could talk ships all day. 

Email:  richard@helmgrow.com

Phone: +44 20 3318 8696

Schedule a meeting: Richard’s Calendly

Chloe Espinoza
Global Account Manager

Meet Chloe, our account manager with a knack for finding top talent in the Maritime and Oil & Gas industry. With a career that started back in 2013, she’s a seasoned pro when it comes to Executive Search, Retained and Exclusive solutions. Chloe’s the go-to person for managing the whole recruitment process from start to finish.

Chloe spent a decade in Singapore before heading back home to the Philippines in 2017 with her young family. 

So, if you’re in need of a corporate or technical rockstar for your tanker, dry bulk, or offshore market, reach out to Chloe. 

Email: chloe@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6540

Schedule a meeting: Chloe’s Calendly 


Paula Hall
Lead Consultant (APAC)

Meet Paula, our maritime mastermind! With 20 years of experience as a Chief Officer, Cargo Stowage Planner, and VTS Officer, she knows the industry like the back of her hand. 

Paula joined Helm in 2022 and brings a wealth of insider knowledge to the table.

Despite living in Singapore since 2016, Paula remains an eternal Liverpudlian.

Contact Paula to discuss your current or upcoming vacancies; if you’re lucky you’ll be regaled with one of her many maritime tales!

Email: paula@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6544

Schedule a meeting: Paula’s Calendly 

Filippa Ernström
Lead Consultant (APAC)

Filippa is our resident yachting and commercial shipping expert. With over two years of experience in the yachting industry and previous work in the tanker segment in Singapore, she’s got a wealth of knowledge to share. Filippa joined Helm Specialist Recruitment in 2021 and specializes in connecting clients across APAC with top talent.

Originally from Sweden, Filippa is a world traveller, living in four different countries over the past decade. However, since 2015 she has been calling Singapore home.

If you’re interested in learning more about our services in APAC, don’t hesitate to reach out to Filippa. She’ll be more than happy to help you navigate the recruitment waters.

Email: filippa@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6545

Schedule a meeting: Filippa’s Calendly


David O'Keeffe
Senior Consultant (EMEA)

Meet David, the recruitment pro and maritime tech master.

Recognised as one of LinkedIn’s top recruiters of 2022, he’s got a wealth of experience in the recruitment industry.

His specialty is marine and technical maritime roles, and he has a talent for uncovering and connecting with the industry’s top talent.

Since joining Team Helm in 2022, David has become the go-to guy for all your tech hiring needs.

When he’s not busy matching top candidates with top companies, you can find him in Dublin, where he lives with his wife and teenage children

Email: david@helmgrow.com

Phone; +353 87 299 6993

Schedule a meeting: David’s Calendly

Lead Consultant (APAC)

Maria is our key talent expert in the Emirates.

With her extensive recruiting experience across various industries in Dubai, she brings valuable expertise to our team. Maria has joined Helm to focus on the Maritime sector in the Middle East.

Having lived in Singapore for a decade and now residing in Dubai since 2022, Maria has built maritime connections worldwide. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, and spending time with her kids.

Contact Maria for inquiries about our recruitment services in Dubai’s maritime domain.

Email: maria@helmgrow.com

Phone: +971 50 968 25 60

Schedule a meeting: Maria’s Calendly

Lars lund rasmussen
senior Consultant (APAC)

Lars, an experienced yacht owner-operator, entrepreneur, and maritime recruiter, is Helm’s primary expert for freight forwarding and logistics recruitment in the APAC region.

With a background of living in various countries and vast recruitment experience across multiple industries, he has honed his skills in identifying and matching talents with clients worldwide.

In his free time, Lars, along with his wife and their dog, enjoys sailing, fishing, traveling, and discovering unique and quirky activities.

Reach out to Lars to discuss your vacancies and secure the ideal candidate for your company.

Email: lars@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6548

Schedule a meeting: Lars’ Calendly

Camille Pangan
Account executive (apac)

Working across a host of sectors including Tech, Aerospace and Logistics; Camille brings her years of recruitment experience to the maritime space. Joining Team Helm in 2023 from her home in the Philippines. 

With almost a decade of experience in recruitment and client services, Camille is our go-to woman connecting clients with their ideal candidates.

When not working on end-to-end recruitment processes you’ll find Camille checking out the newest spots in Manilla or cuddling with her pup Coby.

Email: camille@helmgrow.com

Phone: +65 6977 6546

Schedule a meeting: Camille’s Calendly

ready To Take a new approach to maritime recruitment?

As a team, we pride ourselves on being available, approachable and honest. Hop on a call with us today and find out how we can help find solutions to your hiring needs.