The C4 show saw Hilary giving young people the chance to compete for their dream job with a week’s trial packed full of challenges.
Hilary went on a mission to find out why so few women make it to the top in business. Hilary discovered why men still hold more than 80% of Britain’s senior jobs, examining factors like maternity leave, the cost of childcare and women’s leadership style.
Hilary appeared in Hotel GB, the first ever hotel staffed by Channel 4’s most well-known and popular faces. For one week only, the Channel 4 stars took over a hotel and staffed it with unemployed people desperate for a break in an attempt to show that hard work and a great attitude are the best way to get on.
Hilary appeared on This Week: ‘No glass ceiling for women in business’… click here to see more.
Entrepreneur Hilary Devey – known for her gravelly voice – was revealed to be a dragon who likes smoking and spoke against a possible ban on smoking in cars saying it was an infringement of human rights… find out more.
The CEO of haulage company Pall-Ex said that she has brought a new attitude to the programme… find out more.
Hilary Devey – whose father had a “secret family” – tells Desert Island Discs how history repeated itself when she found out her ex-partner was also already married with children… click here to see more.
Former Dragon in the Den between; 2011-2013 Hilary was chosen due to her experience, as a business woman with a proven track record and wealth of knowledge. As well as having the expertise needed to scrutinise fledgling entrepreneurs when they enter the Den, Hilary worked with Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis, Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden.
Commenting on her role in 2011, Hilary says: –
“At a time when the banks are failing to invest in British small businesses, I am proud to be able to do my part to support the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. In order to set-up Pall-Ex in the mid-nineties, I had to sell my house and car to get the start-up capital necessary to fulfil my business ambitions, as none of the banks appreciated my potential. I would have loved the opportunity to have stood before the Dragons, and I will remember my own experiences and the realities of running a business today, when choosing to support – or reject – the budding entrepreneurs joining me in the Den.”
In 2010 Hilary appeared on The Business Inspector, a four-part series made by Optomen and sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs in which she put her knowledge and expertise to the test to help transform small companies.
Each week Hilary tackled two struggling British businesses – one man bands, kitchen table entrepreneurs and struggling firms run by talented individuals – by injecting business sense into their passion projects.
Hilary mentored the business owners, teaching them the key skills essentials for a thriving business and in the process helped our nation of entrepreneurs realise their dreams by getting their businesses ship shape and profitable.
Hilary featured in the September 2008 C4 series of the Secret Millionaire. Based in
Lancashire, Hilary was allocated lodgings in a desperately poor area of Rochdale.
A ground breaking three-episode series that sees Hilary persuade bosses from companies around Britain to leave their business for three weeks and let the staff run the shop instead.
Appeared on the 3rd of June 2015 as a guest
Hilary regularly contributes to many of the UK’s national newspapers including The Guardian and the Daily Mail.