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Robert Graham 

Robert Graham (41), grandson of the dairy’s founder, was born in Bridge of Allan in 1970.   

He joined the family firm in 1991, having completed a degree in accountancy and finance at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University, before succeeding his father Robert Graham Snr (now chairman) as managing director in 1996. 

Under Robert’s stewardship, the company, with a 300-strong payroll has dramatically increased its commercial reach and in 2009 increased its turnover by 20% to £40m (2008: £33.4m). 

In June 2009, he was named a regional winner at the Ernst and Young Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Awards in Gleneagles.  

The acquisition of the First Milk subsidiary Scottish Milk Dairies in 2005 provided a major boost to production and represented the 24th acquisition in over a decade. 

In 2006 the company acquired a new depot at Port Dundas in Glasgow, with its Bridge of Allan headquarters has also benefiting from a £1m capital investment programme. 

The business has also diversified successfully. Traditional areas of commercial activity such as hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, independent retailers, schools, universities and the catering trade have been augmented by a growing and significant presence in the supermarket sector.   

In 2006, Graham’s, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009, underwent a major core value review which led to a significant re-branding, focussing on the key business values of family, farming roots, and Scottish heritage. The contemporary 'new look' was applied to the dairy’s entire product range packaging, vehicle livery, and website. 

Robert has also ensured that the company’s product range has continued to grow.  In addition to milk, the family produces its own Scottish Dairy, Organic and Graham’s Gold range of butter, cream and delicious vanilla ice-cream. 

Robert’s firm commitment to product innovation has also produced many prestigious awards for Graham’s The Family Dairy.  This includes its luxuriously creamy Graham’s Gold range being named Marketing Initiative of the Year and Best Dairy, Confectionery and Snacking Product at the 2009 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.  

2009 also marked another proud milestone for the family when its award-winning Graham’s Gold milk became the first branded product to be distributed through Sainsbury’s in London and the south-east of England 

Robert is married to Mairi and the couple have a daughter, Holly and son, Robert Douglas.  Outside of work, Robert's interests include playing a variety of sports, following football, travelling and spending time with his family.  He completed his first Marathon in New York and a year later ran the Edinburgh Marathon.   

Bob Keiller

Bob is from the Borders and has been in the oil and gas industry for nearly 25 years. He is CEO of PSN – a company he created by completing a $280m management buyout from Halliburton in 2006. PSN had a business plan to reach $75m annual EBITDA by 2014 but has achieved over $100m in 2010 with operations in over 20 countries and a team of nearly 9,000 people. Bob has a Master of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered engineer. He has been Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK. He also sat on “Pilot” – the industry-government steering group. He was a member of the UK cross-industry Step Change in Safety Leadership Team and he led the UK Helicopter Task Group formed in 2009 to accelerate safety improvements in air safety. He is currently Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. He is a former Chairman of the Aberdeen & District Round Table.  Bob was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 at the Entrepreneurial Exchange Awards ceremony in Glasgow. He was also named Insider Elite KPMG Businessman of the Year 2007. He has since been named Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 by Ernst & Young, UK Business Services Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year by the Aberdeen branch of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Robert Gordon University. In 2009 he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the oil & gas industry at the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards and in 2010 was the first individual to receive global recognition in safety leadership in the shape of the International Regulators Forum’s “Carolita Kallaur Award” for his outstanding leadership of the Helicopter Task Group. Bob recently announced the planned sale of PSN for $955m to allow the merger of PSN with Wood Group’s Production Facilities business. Bob will be the CEO of the combined business which will include over 23,000 people in over 30 countries.

 

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Venue information

No 29, Glasgow 29 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow
G1 3AJ

0141 225 5615

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Chairman

Bob Keiller, PSN, www.psnworld.com

Speakers

  • Robert Graham, Graham’s – THE family DAIRY, www.grahamsfamilydairy.com
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