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Robert Kilgour

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

London, UK

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Robert Kilgour is a Scottish property developer, investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur. His first business venture was running a stall selling jeans and t-shirts at Edinburgh’s Ingliston market while still a student at Stirling University. Just over a decade later, in 1988, he founded Four Seasons Health Care, which opened its first care home in May 1989. When Robert left the company in 2000 it was the UK’s fifth largest care home operator, running 101 care homes and employing 6,500 staff. Four Seasons is currently one of the UK’s largest care home operators with about 190 care homes, caring for around 9,000 residents and employing over 12,000 staff.

In 2004 he founded, and is currently Executive Chairman of, Renaissance Care which operates 15 care homes in Scotland and employs 1,100 staff. Robert is also founder and CEO of Dow Investments Plc, now in its third decade. He is a Director and co-founder of video and security systems specialists, NW Security Group and was also a founder shareholder and, until he engineered its sale in 2019, Chairman of Kingdom FM Radio. Robert holds several other Non-Executive Directorships and Senior Adviser roles.

In 2006 Robert set up the Scottish online political think-tank, Think Scotland, and 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 in Musselburgh, Robert now divides his time between London and his home in Fife, whenever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Over the last 25 years he has raised over £2m and in 2018 he was appointed Macmillan’s first Ambassador.

Robert Kilgour’s Newsfeed

The Times
Covid in Scotland: elderly can have jab in care homes after Pfizer assurances

Robert Kilgour, executive chairman of Renaissance Care, which operates 15 care homes, said: “This is excellent news — a great early Christmas present for all our amazing hard-working and dedicated staff, our vulnerable elderly residents and all their many relatives and friends — the end of the tunnel is possibly in sight.”

The Times
Coronavirus in Scotland: Council-run homes are far less likely to be inspected

Robert Kilgour, who runs Renaissance Care, said: “Covid makes no distinction between independent, voluntary or local authority homes but it appears unarguable from these official statistics that the Care Inspectorate regime does. It’s such a glaring difference that it raises serious and fundamental questions about the inspection approach being taken.”

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Robert Kilgour’s Background

Dow Investments Plc
Founder & CEO
May 1990 - Present
London, UK
General investments.
Renaissance Care Group
Founder & 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. The company employs approximately 1,100 staff.
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Robert Kilgour’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Scottish Business UK
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.
Think Scotland
2006 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Established as a virtual think tank in 2006, to encourage greater discussion in Scotland about economic, social & constitutional policies – from the perspective of mainly Scottish Conservative authors.
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Previous Board Positions

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Cochrane McGregor
Non-Executive Director
1992 - 1994
Edinburgh, UK


Macmillan Cancer Support
Dec 2018 - Present
Robert Kilgour became Macmillan Cancer Support’s first Ambassador in December in 2018.
Macmillan Cancer Support
2007 - 2009
Robert Kilgour part funded and opened the new Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh in 2009. He also part funded the establishment of the first Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre in the UK at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, North London in 2007.
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May 2011 - Present
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Awards & Endorsements

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
Finalist, Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year
Edinburgh, UK
Scottish Care: National Care Home Awards
Winner, Special Recognition Award
Glasgow, UK

Robert Kilgour’s Education

University of Stirling
Economics & History
1975 - 1978
Loretto School
1970 - 1975