Devey is first woman to win CILT’s premier award

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Pall-Ex founder Hilary Devey is the first woman to have been awarded the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Sir Robert Lawrence Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award was presented to Devey by the Institute’s president Graeme McFaull, CEO of Woncanton, at its annual awards ceremony, which took place in London yesterday evening (22nd October).

The prize is presented each year to an individual judged to have made a major contribution to logistics and transport over a sustained period, and in doing so to have raised its status and importance.

Devey said: “Having attended this function so many times over the years and listened with such admiration to the previous recipients I am totally overwhelmed. 

“In the past I have listened in awe and often thought that to receive this award would be the pinnacle of my career. It is and I hope that having this honour bestowed upon me will serve as an inspiration to other women in what can still be regarded as a male dominated industry.”

Devey formed Pall-Ex in 1996 after selling her house and car to raise the capital. Pall-Ex is now a £100 million business, with companies in haulage, logistics, proprietary IT and property.

In previous years the award has been won by Peter Hendy, commissioner of Transport for London, Sir Moir Lockhead, chairman of FirstGroup, and Brian Souter, chief executive of Stagecoach.

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