With over 20 years experience within the international maritime recruitment market, we specialise in complete lifecycle recruitment across the ship build and repair sector, ship maintenance, ship conversion, and vessel design, along with executive recruitment and professional services roles across the globe.

Founded in 2017 by experienced recruiters James Martin and Natalie Desty, Marine People was created to provide a specialist recruitment arm for the maritime institution IMarEST. Born out of a desire to do things differently, we make sure to be friendly, honest and creative with our clients and candidates – to provide a relationship focussed approach unique to us.

At Marine People we work with clients in:

• All aspects of workforce development, specialising in recruitment, retention and staff development.

• Specific recruitment projects including diversity, executive recruitment, job design, market analysis, salary benchmarking and employer value proposition.

We provide expert help to all of our candidates including CV writing, interview preparation, career advice and support – in order to sustain long lasting partnerships.

Marine People’s tagline is Recruit, Retain, Develop, Diversify. This really captures who we are and what is important to us.


We are recruiting the best maritime talent globally, providing the best service to our clients and candidates. We are working with clients to retain these candidates, as well as their existing workforce.


We are working with our clients to develop their workforce to give them a competitive edge. We work with clients, industry bodies and influencers - to diversify the talent pool for the current and future global maritime market.


James Martin, Director