Who we are
Neil Cheston and Guy Lane founded Kabina®, a UK company, in 2014. The company aims to help people to live with and around water, particularly in areas of the world prone to flooding.
Kabina®'s ethos is to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits through intelligent innovation. Kabina®’s essence is ‘Of our time’.
Kabina®'s diverse team of consultants includes floating structure and naval architects; real estate specialists; marine technicians and project managers; urban planners; modular housing specialists; facilities managers and nutrition consultants; and sustainability consultants.
Kabina® is supported by family office investors.
Kabina® is responding to well-documented and accelerating trends: climate change; unprecedented weather events and their consequences to people and property; and the need to build new homes, particularly in river valleys in or close to existing infrastructure.
Julian is the Principal of Foundation Real Estate.
Julian has over 25 years’ experience within the UK property market and was a founding member of Knight Frank's market-leading residential development and investment division. He was a member of the Government's PRS Taskforce and Housing Guarantee Credit Committee.
Paul is a Finance Director with a wide range of experience in both PLC and private equity-backed businesses. He has worked in a broad range of sectors and sized businesses, in the UK and overseas. A key area of experience is cash management. He qualified as an ACA at EY.
Ian is a founding director of QAD Architects and has particular expertise in approved residential schemes for UK house-builders.
Neil has been in the marine industry for 35 years. He has advised yacht owners on the selection, design, construction and management of large private yachts.
Rick has worked in the building industry for more than 30 years. He held Regional Director positions with Wilcon Homes and Crosby Homes (Yorkshire) Ltd. He has extensive knowledge of both house building and mixed-use development.
Glenn practised as Creative Director in an international advertising group before running his own consultancy, Brandgarden.
Glenn is a member of Kabina’s research and development team.
Martin was a director of Foster Associates in London and the managing director of Foster France, working on Stansted airport, the Tecno range of furniture and the Carré d’Art in Nimes. Perhaps more famous as a naval architect, Martin was responsible for such innovative and widely-admired vessels as Eco and Golden Odyssey.
Ashraf is an Economics graduate and was a marketing management trainee at Instinctif Partners, a business communications consultancy, before joining Kabina to drive research and business development.
Guy trained in business and marketing and ran a brand and design consultancy in London for many years. He has advised leading corporates on their brand development and stakeholder communications.
Koen is Kabina’s lead water architect. He studied architecture and industrial design at Delft University of Technology. Olthuis is founder of the Dutch architectural firm, Waterstudio.NL, which specialises in floating structures to counter concerns of floods and rising sea levels. Olthuis is currently a member of the Flood Resilience Group UNESCO-IHE.
Dan’s consulting clients include BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Ben Ainslie Racing & Acro Aircraft Seating; his role has been to work with their engineers and help define their future products.