Hilary trained as a nurse after leaving school and worked in hospitals in London, Shropshire and Berkshire. After having 2 daughters, she qualified as a nurse tutor, and worked in nurse training in Colchester for over 10 years, where in 1989, Project 2000, a new form of nurse education was introduced. Colchester was among the first wave of institutions in the country to introduce this significant change, working for 5 years in collaboration with University of Essex. In 1994, the Colchester School of Nursing joined Anglia Ruskin University (APU as it was then), where they became one of the largest providers of Health and Social Care education. Following a London University Masters degree in education, Hilary worked as Head of Department, managing groups of lecturers, and latterly, as Associate Dean for Education Development in the Faculty of Health and Social Care.
Hilary retired in September 2007, and has enjoyed time with her 2 growing grandchildren, working in her large garden, travelling and walking.
Hilary undertakes voluntary work in her village, and is a member of a team who visit elderly, or housebound residents