Founding partners

Nekton has been established and developed with the generous support of our Founding Partners and Launch Partner. 

Nekton Founding Partners

  • XL Catlin
  • Garfield Weston

Launch Partner: Mission II

  • Kensington Tours

XL Catlin

XL Catlin, the sponsor of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. 

The XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey is a multidisciplinary scientific research program to measure the health and resilience of the deep ocean, providing the scientific data required to make reliable conclusions about the impact of climate and other environmental changes to our oceans and the rest of our planet. XL Catlin believes that the insurance industry must take a leading role in improving understanding of potential changes to the environment. XL Catlin's contribution is to sponsor independent, impartial research that is freely distributed to the world's scientific community. The Deep Ocean Survey is XL Catlin’s third major ocean science program. It follows the Arctic Survey (2009–2011) that investigated the impact of changes to the Arctic Ocean; and the Seaview Survey (2012-2016) which created the world’s first digital baseline of coral reef health. 

Garfield Weston 

Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust and still run by the Weston family. Since it was established in 1958 the Foundation has given over £900 million to charities across the UK. From small community groups to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,800 charities across the UK benefit from the Foundation’s grants each year.

Kensington Tours - Mission II Launch Partner

Founded in 2008 by Jeff Willner, a member of The Explorers Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Kensington Tours creates custom-tailored privately guided travel experiences in the world’s greatest places – land or sea. Designed by skilled Destination Experts and fit to suit our travelers’ needs and interests, a Kensington tour is always a perfect fit. Kensington is proud to serve as a launch partner for Nekton’s upcoming missions into the Indian Ocean and to support Nekton’s endeavors to promote science, education, and understanding of the world’s hidden depths.