Robert closes door on property career

Robert Millar has been with Cala for nearly 30 years
Robert Millar has been with Cala for nearly 30 years
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A MAN who has been a driving force behind the success of Edinburgh-based property developer Cala Homes is to step down in September, after almost 30 years with the company.

Robert Millar was born and brought up in Belfast. He moved to Scotland to attend Dundee University, obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree in town and regional planning.

Having started his career as a town planner for Edinburgh City Council, Robert became a qualified chartered surveyor in 1980 before joining Cala as a land buyer based in the Capital in 1985.

After a series of board appointments, Robert became managing director at Cala in 1995 and was subsequently appointed to the executive board and to the group main board as development director in 2001, where he was responsible for Cala’s three English housing businesses.

In his current role as group land director, a position he has held since 2005, Robert is responsible for managing Cala’s land acquisition and product design programme. In this capacity, Robert was a member of the management team responsible for the £210 million deal announced in March that saw private equity group Patron Capital Partners and insurance, savings and investment management company Legal & General Group plc take over the group.

Mr Millar said of his retirement: “I have enjoyed my time with Cala immensely over these past 28 years, but having reached the pinnacle of my career having helped build such a strong land bank, it is an appropriate time to leave on a high.

“Last month’s investment in the business by Patron and Legal & General provides the group with a fantastic platform on which to build upon following a particularly strong period of trading, and I am very excited about the group’s future and pleased to be retaining a significant investment alongside management.”

Alan Brown, chief executive of Cala, said: “I have had the pleasure of working alongside Robert for the past 26 years and, during this time, his knowledge and understanding of the UK planning market has enabled Cala to grow its business significantly.

“This has particularly been the case during the past three years and the fact that our land bank is the strongest it has been since the group was taken private in 1999 is testament to Robert’s hard work and forensic understanding of the UK land market. I know I speak for everyone in the company when I wish him all the very best for his retirement.”

Following his retirement in September, Robert will continue to carry out part-time consultancy work for Cala. He is also looking forward to spending more time with his wife and two sons, as well as travelling the world whilst pursuing his hobbies – skiing, golf and sailing.