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Robert Kilgour

Dow Investments Plc

London, UK

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

Robert Kilgour

Biography

Robert Kilgour is a Scottish serial entrepreneur, investor and property developer who founded Four Seasons Health Care in 1988, opening its first care home in May 1989 in Fife, Scotland. He left the company in 2000 when it was operating 101 care homes and employing around 6,500 staff, the UK’s fifth largest care home operator, making his financial exit from the company in 2005. Four Seasons is the UK’s second largest care home operator with nearly 360 care homes, around 17,000 residents and employing close to 25,000 staff.

Robert founded and is CEO of Dow Investments Plc, now celebrating its 29th year. In 2004 he founded, and is Executive Chairman of, Scottish care home operator, Renaissance Care which has fourteen homes and around 950 staff. Robert is a co-founder and Director of video and security systems specialists, NW Security Group and was also a founder shareholder and Chairman of Kingdom FM Radio, the local radio franchisee for Fife until it was sold in 2019. Robert holds several other Non-Executive Directorships as well as several Senior Consultant and Senior Adviser roles.

Robert’s first business venture while attending Stirling University, was running a stall selling jeans and t-shirts at Edinburgh’s Ingliston Sunday outdoor market. In 2006, Robert founded the Scottish online political think-tank, Think Scotland and he recently founded SBUK to campaign against a second Scottish Independence Referendum. He has also served on both the CBI Scotland Council and the CBI UK SME Council.

Born in Edinburgh, brought up in Fife and educated at Loretto School, Robert now splits his time between his main home in London and his home in Fife, whenever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support - £2m plus over the last 25 years.

Robert Kilgour’s Newsfeed

The Scotsman
Robert Kilgour launches £2m Scottish cancer appeal

Serial entrepreneur, Robert Kilgour said, “My mother had cancer and I currently have a close family member who is terminal with the disease, so I know how this dreadful illness can devastate. I was asked by Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive Lynda Thomas to become the charity’s first ambassador, an invitation I was pleased to accept – and I’m excited by the role. I have pledged to match pound for pound the first £100,000 of donations to the appeal..."

Thirty years of enterprise

Station Court care home opened in Fife, Scotland, in May 1989. Robert Kilgour is the man who opened it, the first of what was to become the 101-home portfolio of Four Seasons Health Care at the time of his exit 11 years later. Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson spoke to the Scottish entrepreneur about those early days, and his more recent achievements. 

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Robert Kilgour’s Background

Founder & CEO
May 1990 - Present
London, UK
General investments - London
Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
Dec 2004 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Scottish care home operator with 14 care homes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, North & South Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Moray - employing nearly 950 staff.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Founder
Mar 2017 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Business and industry in Scotland are facing up to the challenges posed by Brexit. SBUK understand the importance of recasting Scotland's relationship with the EU based on free-trade and new forms of co-operation.
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2017 - Present
Glasgow, UK
StoriiCare understand how photographs can help to recover memories for those living with dementia. They developed a new approach to person-centred care. StoriiCare is a care management system with life stories at its core.
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Robert Kilgour’s Education

Economics & History
1975 - 1978
1970 - 1975