Robert has acted as Managing Partner of our Ayr and Cumnock offices since 2008. Robert had decided at the tender age of 12 that he wanted to become an accountant, following a chance meeting on the family farm with his father’s accountant, a Mr Bill Mowat from William Duncan & Co. Thirty years later, with Bill now retired, Robert found himself working at the same firm, advising many of Bill’s former clients!
Qualifying in 1986, Robert served his training contract with a local Ayr firm before joining a national practice in Glasgow. He then moved to ‘the real world’ of industry where he acted as Group Accountant for two factories within the printing industry. However Robert wanted to return to practice and to Ayrshire where he had many farming and other business connections. He found his place in life at William Duncan & Co where he has been a Partner for over 15 years.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Robert jointly heads up the firm’s specialist Agricultural team, and relishes dealing with his many farming clients. He also manages a portfolio of family managed and owned businesses of varying sizes and thrives on getting involved in the value added, advisory and corporate finance aspects of their businesses.
Outside of work, Robert is a member of Glasgow Gailes Golf Club and threatens to one day become a regular golfer. Meanwhile his sporting activities are restricted to watching his daughter on the hockey pitch and his son on the rugby field.