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Robert Kilgour

Dow Investments Plc

London, UK

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

Robert Kilgour


Robert 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 in Scotland. He left the company in early 2000 when it was operating 101 care homes and employing around 6,500 staff, the UK’s fifth largest care home operator, subsequently making his final financial exit from the company in 2005. Four Seasons is currently 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 (15 staff) and is also a founder shareholder and Chairman of Kingdom FM Radio (13 staff), the local radio franchisee for Fife. 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. Robert founded in 2006, 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 in Scotland, whenever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support - £2m plus over the last 25 years.

Robert Kilgour’s Newsfeed

22 Jan 2019
Kilgour says Westminster making nursing shortage worse – Daily Business

Care home entrepreneur Robert Kilgour is urging the Westminster government to rethink a policy which is exacerbating a shortage of nurses...Mr Kilgour said: “I talk with particular knowledge of the care home sector as 30% of my company’s staff come from the EU and other overseas countries, and from the end of March we don’t know what rights they will have re continued employment or residency. The same applies to the NHS..."

15 Dec 2018
The Scotsman
The Big Interview: Robert Kilgour of Renaissance Care

Robert Kilgour has made a big contribution to Macmillan Cancer Support as well as banging the business drum for the Union.,,Kilgour’s business interests include video and security systems specialist NW Security Group, where he is a co-founder and director.

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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 twelve care homes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Moray - employing nearly 800 staff.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

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