New BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Hilary Devey has been confirmed as guest speaker at next month’s Global Travel Group conference.

Snooker veteran Willie Thorne will be presenting awards at a gala dinner as part of the event on March 7-8 at the Leicester Marriott hotel.

Devey, founder, chief executive and chairman of the freight pallet distribution business Pall-Ex Group, was a Channel 4 Secret Millionaire in 2008 and Channel 5’s Business Inspector last year.

Around 300 delegates are expected to attend the conference, including Global Travel Group members, Independent Options agents and tour operator partners.

Global head of commercial and marketing Cherie Richards said: “We are delighted that Hilary has chosen to speak at our forthcoming conference.

“With her extensive business experience and knowledge of how to grow your business, she is an inspirational role model for both male and female entrepreneurs.

“Not only is Hilary one of Britain’s most inspiring and successful businesswomen, she was confirmed as the new dragon in the den, joining Theo, Peter, Deborah and Duncan on Friday, February 4.”

The full conference programme will be released shortly.