A Scottish serial entrepreneur, investor and property developer, Robert founded Four Seasons Health Care in 1988, opening its first care home in 1989 in Fife, Scotland. He left in early 2000 when it operated 101 care homes & employed around 6,500 staff, the UK’s fifth largest care home operator, making his final financial exit from the company in 2005. Four Seasons is currently the UK’s second largest care home operator with nearly 370 care homes, around 18,000 residents & employing almost 27,000 staff.
Robert is founder & CEO of Dow Investments Plc, now celebrating its 28th year. In 2004 he founded & now Chairs, Scottish care home operator, Renaissance Care which has 12 homes & around 800 staff. He is co-founder & Chairman of video & security systems specialists, NW Systems Group. Robert is a founder shareholder, Director and Chairman designate of Kingdom FM Radio, the local radio franchisee for Fife. He holds several other Non-Executive Directorships, plus various Senior Consultant & Senior Adviser roles.
Robert’s first business venture whilst at University, was running a stall selling jeans & t-shirts at Edinburgh’s Sunday outdoor market. He founded the Scottish online political think-tank, thinkscotland.org
& has served on both the CBI Scotland Council & the CBI UK SME Council.
Born, brought up & educated in Scotland, Robert now splits his time between his main home in London & his home in Fife, whenever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.