Hilary was born in Kent and moved to Yorkshire in 1983 during her twenty six year career with WH Smith plc. After three years as Towns Manager for Batley and Dewsbury, Hilary joined the voluntary sector as CEO for Batley Resource Centre and then CEO for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees. Hilary is now involved part-time with Age UK at a regional level and holds several voluntary roles within Kirklees; championing the third sector. As a Lay Leader for the PSTRC Yorkshire and Humber, Hilary represents the Workforce Engagement and Wellbeing theme, working closely with researchers, healthcare staff and patients to improve safety by encouraging better staff engagement.
Hilary has a passion for running at short and long distances, from 10k to half marathons. Hilary enjoys visits to the theatre and eating out. A passion for travel, Hilary visits her brother in New Zealand when she can.