Founder and CEO of Pall-Ex, Hilary Devey, has been awarded a CBE as part of The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of her work for both the logistics sector and charity.
“It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work, said Devey.
“So I dedicate my honour to The Carers Trust, The Stroke Association, and Fresh Start – New Beginnings and the other charities that I have tried to support, as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry.”
She will officially receive her CBE at Buckingham Palace later this year.
Devey is known within the logistics industry for having sold her house and car in 1996 to fund her business idea for moving small consignments of freight – the business idea now known as Pall-Ex.
“I’m lucky enough to have shared Hilary’s journey with her and was there at the beginning when Pall-Ex started life in an old aircraft hangar with no running water or electricity,” said the company’s managing director Adrian Russell.
Alongside the company, Devey holds senior positions in many charities, including that of vice president at The Carers Trust, for which she has donated thousands of pounds to, via Pall-Ex’s Penny-A-Pallet scheme.
She also aided a number of charities within her television role on The Secret Millionaire, as well as providing financial help and advice to entrepreneurs on Dragons’ Den, and help address the issue of youth unemployment on The Intern.