Robert was Chairman of the Fife Macmillan Appeal (1993-95) a public appeal which raised £1.75M towards improving hospice provision in Fife in Scotland and included the organising of a business lecture from Sir John Harvey-Jones MBE attended by 500 local business men and women. In 2007 he personally donated £50,000 to help establish a Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at a London hospital to mark his 50th birthday, the first of its kind in the UK.
On the 9th December 2009 Robert opened the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, the 25th such unit in the UK, which was partly funded by a £30,000 personal gift.
Robert is Chairman and founding shareholder in Kingdom FM Radio Ltd a Scottish local (Fife) radio station franchise holder and he has in the past served as a Non-Executive Director of a leading Scottish Architectural and QS practice.
He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Hamilton Kilgour Ltd (Corporate Governance Consultancy), Morphose Ltd (International M&A Advisory), Lifelinked Ltd (software developer), Borland Private Clients Ltd and My Care Staff Ltd (online care staff marketplace).
Dow Investments Plc is a CBI member and Robert has served on CBI Scottish Council, CBI UK SME Council and the Scottish Growing Business Forum. He is a member of the Association of Project Managers and a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute.
Robert was educated at Loretto School and the University of Stirling (where he was Treasurer of the Students Union) and he stood as a Conservative Westminster Parliamentary Candidate against Lord (George) Robertson (recent Secretary-General of Nato) in the 1997 General Election in Hamilton South. He has also addressed the IOD Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
His current interests include travel, tennis, skiing and politics.
Robert is married to his second wife, Jacqueline, a financial services lawyer and has four wonderful children from his first marriage - Anya (32), Andrea (30), Russell (26) and Eve (24), and one granddaughter, Ruby.