Today, as CEO and Chairman of Pall-Ex, the UK’s leading palletised freight distribution network, Hilary is an inspirational role model for entrepreneurs. Having started from nothing, she has grown the company into an international network with a combined turnover of over £100m. Pall-Ex makes daily deliveries to every UK postcode as well as operating a scheduled daily service to 38 European countries with further current expansion planned across Europe. Both Hilary and her company have achieved an impressive array of firsts within the logistics sector – they are innovators, not followers, as evidenced by multiple industry awards.

Hilary campaigns tirelessly for various charities including The Carers Trust for whom she became Vice President in 2012. In addition, she is Patron for The Stroke Association and Fresh Start – New Beginnings. She has also been recognised for her contribution to business in Leicestershire with two honorary degrees from the University of Leicester and the University of Bolton.


University of Wolverhampton, honorary doctor of business administration


University of Bolton, honorary doctor of business administration

IFW Awards, Freight personality of the year

University of Leicester, Honorary doctor of laws

Inspirational Woman of the Year, Enterprising women excellence awards 2009

Business Woman of the Year 2009

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 2009, Sir Robert Lawrence Award

The Chamber Awards 2008: Regional Entrepreneur of the Year

Natwest everywoman award

Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2008: Woman of the year

The Prowess Awards 2008: Inspirational Woman

The Chamber Awards 2007

The Ernst & Young Award 2007 – Southern

The National Business Awards 2007

The Ernst & Young Award 2007: UK Entrepreneur (Business Services)

The Leicestershire Business Awards: Business of the Year 2007

The First Woman Awards: Business Services Category

The Women of Achievement Awards: Business Woman of the Year 2005

The Leicestershire Business Awards: Business Personality of the Year

The Midlands Business Woman Award