Speaker Profile
CEO at Halcyon Recruitment and Diversity Study Group

Heidi Heseltine

Heidi Heseltine has over thirty years’ experience within the shipping industry, spending the first half of her career in vessel operations and quality assurance within the tanker and dry markets before moving into talent attraction and sourcing in the early 2000s.

Heidi co-founded the Diversity Study Group in 2018, a global diversity and inclusion benchmarking, resource and networking entity for all organisations operating within the shipping and maritime community.  She is also the CEO of Halcyon Recruitment, specialist recruiters within the shore based maritime industry.

Heidi featured in the top 25 of Top Women in Shipping 2020 for her diversity and inclusion work and has been a regular speaker at conferences, including those organised by the International Association of Ports and Harbours, Maritime CEO, Safety at Sea, London International Shipping Week and Women in Shipping.  She is also an active volunteer within Maritime UK’s diversity and inclusion working groups.

Heidi has published numerous articles on diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and talent attraction and retention which have featured in TradeWinds, Lloyds List, Splash 247, Splash Extra, Ship Management International and Shipping Network, amongst others.  She is also co-author of the Maritime Employee Survey, an annual report for the industry focusing on employee trends and remuneration.



Oct 28 | 17:00 – 17:30 CEST
Diversity Keynote: Why women are in focus, and where we are headed.

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YoungShip Rotterdam is honored to be hosting this year’s Shipcon event in our beautiful port city of Rotterdam and for the first time virtually globally.

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Great events need support and we’re proud that many of Rotterdam’s youth focused maritime organizations are supporting Shipcon 2021.