Serial entrepreneur and care homes veteran Robert Kilgour has been specially recognised at the Scottish Care Home Awards.
In the year of his 30th anniversary in the sector, he was presented with the Scottish Care Special Recognition Award, the final prize of the night, at the Hilton Glasgow event.
Kilgour’s huge contribution to the sector includes the founding of Four Seasons Health Care in 1989, which he sold in 1999 when it was the fifth biggest group in the UK before making his financial exit five years later, and then the founding in 2004 of his current business Renaissance Care, which now has 14 homes and over 1,000 staff.
Presenting the award, Senga Currie, Head of Care Development Scotland, said:
“The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have worked across the social care sector in any capacity but who have, through their work, made a significant contribution to the advancement and betterment of the care and support of older people especially through leadership and involvement in the care home sector.
“Robert has dedicated his career to the development of the independent care sector across Scotland including the founding of key care organisations. During this period, he has continued to develop services for older people and championed the need for high quality care at a reasonable cost.
“Often described as an entrepreneur and innovator, he has strong strategic thinking abilities which he utilises at senior level to influence policy and practice and is unflinching in his challenging of government and local authorities when necessary. He has played a central role in funding negotiations for care homes as well as leading work on care home design, the impacts of Brexit and new assistive technology to name but a few.
“As a lifelong supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support, he is committed to fundraising to improve the support of people who are in palliative and end of life care and has supported the strategic development of this specialist support within and for care homes.
“As a person, he is kind, compassionate, highly empathetic and always willing to listen to people. He is determined to provide the highest quality care to residents and relatives and regularly prioritises care home visits to meet everyone and make improvements.”
Robert Kilgour said: “It is especially humbling to be rewarded for your life’s work by your peers, but I also see this as the care home industry recognising the hard work of all the people who have worked in my two care home companies.”