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Dr Robert Kilgour

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

London, UK


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Robert’s Biography

Dr Robert Dow Kilgour is a seasoned business leader, property developer, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.

In 1988 Robert Kilgour established Four Seasons Health Care, opening its first care home in May 1989. When he exited the company in 2000 it was the fifth-largest care home operator in the UK. He made his final financial exit in 2004.

Robert is Founder and CEO of Dow Investments Plc and Executive Chairman of Renaissance Care which runs 17 care homes in Scotland. He is also a Director of NW Security Group and was a founder-shareholder, and eventually Chair, of Kingdom FM Radio until its sale in 2019.

In addition to his business ventures, Robert is a Director of Borland Insurance, an Advisory Board Director of E2E, and an Advisory Council Member of the Taxpayers Alliance and the Jobs Foundation. He co-founded and serves as an Ambassador of Local Recovery, a non-party campaign group in Scotland, and founded Think Scotland in 2006. He founded and chairs SBUK, a cross-party group of Scottish businesspeople opposing a second Scottish independence referendum. He recently...
Dr Robert Dow Kilgour is a seasoned business leader, property developer, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.

In 1988 Robert Kilgour established Four Seasons Health Care, opening its first care home in May 1989. When he exited the company in 2000 it was the fifth-largest care home operator in the UK. He made his final financial exit in 2004.

Robert is Founder and CEO of Dow Investments Plc and Executive Chairman of Renaissance Care which runs 17 care homes in Scotland. He is also a Director of NW Security Group and was a founder-shareholder, and eventually Chair, of Kingdom FM Radio until its sale in 2019.

In addition to his business ventures, Robert is a Director of Borland Insurance, an Advisory Board Director of E2E, and an Advisory Council Member of the Taxpayers Alliance and the Jobs Foundation. He co-founded and serves as an Ambassador of Local Recovery, a non-party campaign group in Scotland, and founded Think Scotland in 2006. He founded and chairs SBUK, a cross-party group of Scottish businesspeople opposing a second Scottish independence referendum. He recently co-founded and launched The Museum of the Prime Minister.

Robert is an Ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support and over the past 30 years has raised over £2m for the charity. In 2023 he founded the Social Care Foundation, a UK-wide pressure group to support social care reform.

Kilgour was a Member of the CBI Scottish Council and the CBI UK SME Council from 2000-03. In June 2023 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling for his ‘outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship and philanthropy.’

Born in Edinburgh and educated at Loretto School, Robert splits his time between London and Fife. In his leisure time, Robert enjoys competing in sports with his four adult children and spending quality time with his two young grandchildren.
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The Times
Civil servants win right to knock off early on Fridays

Robert Kilgour, was quoted in this article in The Times.

Care boss accuses local authorities of ‘blatant hypocrisy’ on fee levels

Renaissance Care chairman, Robert Kilgour, has accused Scottish local authorities of “blatant hypocrisy and double standards” over new fee levels.

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Robert’s Background

Dow Investments Plc
Founder & CEO
May 1990 - Present
London, UK
An general investment company established in 1990.
 
Renaissance Care Group
Founder & Executive Chairman
Dec 2004 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Renaissance Care is a care home operator with 17 care homes in Scotland, employing approximately 1,300 staff.
 
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Current Board Positions

The Social Care Foundation
Founder & Chair
Jul 2023 - Present
London, UK
A UK wide, cross-party think tank and pressure group focused on reforming social care.
 
Museum of the Prime Minister
Co-Founder & Chair
Oct 2022 - Present
London, UK
Plans are underway to create a new museum dedicated to the Prime Minister, the highest-ranking democratic office in the United Kingdom, aiming to collect and showcase items related to Prime Ministers that aren’t applicable to existing museum collections.
 
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Previous Board Positions

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

Current Advisory Roles

The Jobs Foundation
Advisory Council Member
Jul 2023 - Present
London, UK
The Jobs Foundation is a registered charity working with businesses across the UK that are dedicated to providing training and jobs to those unemployed and in poverty.
 
E2Exchange
Advisory Board Director
May 2011 - Present
E2E is a global community of over 24,000 successful entrepreneurs and creates an exchange between entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, and professional service providers.
 

Philanthropy

Macmillan Cancer Support
Ambassador
Dec 2018 - Present
Robert Kilgour became Macmillan Cancer Support’s first Ambassador in December in 2018. Over the last 30 years he has helped to raise over £2,000,000 for the charity.
 
Macmillan Cancer Support
Fundraiser
2007 - 2009
Robert Kilgour part funded and opened the new Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre in 2009 at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. 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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Awards & Recognition

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
Regional Finalist, Scotland
2024
Edinburgh, UK
 
University of Stirling
Honorary Doctorate
Jun 2023
Stirling, UK
Former University of Stirling student, Robert Kilgour, received an honorary doctorate from the university, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to business and philanthropy.
 
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Pro Bono Work

Local Recovery
Ambassador
Mar 2022 - Present
Robert Kilgour is an Ambassador for Local Recovery, an organisation dedicated to ensuring that UK and Scottish governments prioritise local priorities as communities recover from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
 

Robert’s Education

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

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