Robert Kilgour is a Scottish property developer, investor, philanthropist and 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 remains one of the UK’s largest care home operators with some 185 care homes, caring for around 8,000 residents and employing 12,000 staff.
In 2004 he founded, and is currently Executive Chairman of, Renaissance Care which operates 16 care homes in Scotland and employs around 1,200 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 in 2017 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 30 years he has raised more than £2m for the charity and in 2018 he was appointed Macmillan’s first Ambassador.