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Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey – Doctor of Laws

Pall-Ex CEO and entrepreneur who founded the UK’s number one network for the distribution of palletised freight in 1996

Pall-Ex CEO and entrepreneur Hilary Devey founded the UK’s number one network for the distribution of palletised freight in 1996.

Over the past 14 years, Hilary has transformed Pall-Ex from a one-woman, one-truck operation to a multi-million pound business with more than 100 depot locations across the UK, a purpose-built £12million hub in Leicestershire and a regional hub situated in Cumbria. Hilary has won ‘Businesswoman of the year’ twice and her business has been ‘Business of the Year’ twice. She is the only woman ever to win the prestigious Sir Robert Lawrence Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Press Comment: “I started Pall-Ex in Leicestershire 14 years ago and it is now a multi million pound company and leader in its field. Pall-Ex is one of the largest employers in Leicestershire, the skilled workforce from the locality has greatly impacted on the company's success and the support I have received from the local community has been much appreciated.

“I feel I now have a bond with Leicester and its people that will never be broken. I have been a supporter of charity work in the local area for many years. We try in many ways to give back to the local community as I believe it is right to give something back to a community that has contributed towards my success.

"Pall-Ex is a patron of the 'Young Enterprise Scheme', offering both financial support and practical help from my staff, who donate their time. We are also active in 'Business Champions’ in the area. I am also personally a Patron of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and I encourage my staff to support the local branch in a variety of ways.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honorary degree from the University of Leicester and will do my utmost to promote the region both nationally and in Europe.”

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