hilary’s background

Award winning Entrepreneur & Inspirational Founder, CEO and Chairman of The Pall-Ex Group.

Hilary Devey gained her wealth of experience in the distribution sector, having worked at Littlewood’s, followed by Tibbett and Britten, and Scorpio (part of the United Carrier network). She then spent seven years in the retail distribution sector at TNT before leaving to set up her own business. Prior to the formation of Pall-Ex it was difficult to transport small consignments of palletised freight quickly and cost-effectively. Hilary knew that this situation needed addressing urgently and she is responsible for revolutionising distribution in this country by developing a business model that would overcome this.

During this time she had to tackle incredible odds and face untold hardships. Bankers refused to back her proposed venture and she was forced to sell her house, and downgrade her car to fund its start up. She faced these difficult decisions with true entrepreneurial spirit. A very difficult decision for anyone let alone a single mother, she tackled them head on. Many would have given up but Hilary persisted, knowing that her idea simply had to work. For instance in the first year of trading, employees wages came before her own and that Christmas couldn’t even cover a cost of a Christmas dinner for her and her son.