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Robert Kilgour

London, UK

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

Robert Kilgour


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

Surprise award for Renaissance Care exec

Robert Kilgour, the Executive Chairman of Renaissance Care has won the Special Recognition category at the Scottish Care Awards 2019. This surprise award recognises an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the care home sector over many years, driving positive change in both care services and more widely across Scotland. Robert received his unexpected award, which was sponsored by Quality Compliance Systems.

Renaissance Care unveils £3 million Aberdeen care home investment

Scottish entrepreneur Robert Kilgour has cut the ribbon on a £3 million investment in one of his Aberdeen care homes, marking the 15th anniversary of his founding of Renaissance Care in 2004. The refurbishment of the 35-bed Cowdray Club, a listed 19th century building in Ferryhill, was carried out over a two-year period. Prospective residents and their families can see the outcome at tomorrow's open day.

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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

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