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Jacqueline O'Donovan Gains Woman Of The Year Title

14th October 2016 Paul Andrews

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been honoured with the prestigious Business Woman of the Year award at this year’s Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards in Birmingham. 

Jacqueline was recognised not only for her business success, but for her passion and drive to improve her industry and the inspiration she has provided to others. The judges’ decision was unanimous. 

The award programme is one of the longest-established in Britain and the largest event of its kind to take place outside London. The award celebrates the achievements of women by highlighting their successes in business and wider society, in a bid to promote role models and inspire women across the UK to reach their potential. This year’s award raised funds for Tomorrow’s People and Revitalise. 

Previous winners of the award include Baroness Karren Brady and Hilary Devey CBE.

The judges were impressed by Jacqueline’s management of O’Donovan since becoming MD at the age of 19, navigating the company through two recessions whilst growing staff numbers. Her unwavering determination to succeed is evident from her consistent investment in the health and safety of her staff, the company’s facilities and its fleet. Her influence is felt industry-wide, with her dedication to developing others through mentoring epitomising the Vitalise spirit of supporting and inspiring other women. 

Under Jacqueline’s dynamic leadership, O’Donovan Waste Disposal has become one of the South East’s leading waste management companies operating within London and the surrounding area. As Managing Director, Jacqueline has grown the company to a turnover of more than £19m, with 160 staff and a fleet of 85 HGVs.  

The award marks the fourth time this year that Jacqueline has been recognised for her outstanding achievements, having taken home the Outstanding Woman in Construction at the Women in Construction Awards in March, Achiever of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Awards in July and Outstanding Commitment to Innovation Award from the British Irish Trading Alliance in September.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, said: “It is an enormous honour to be awarded the Businesswoman of the Year award and I am humbled by the recognition. The heritage and growth of the family business is incredibly close to my heart and I am delighted to represent them in the acceptance of this award.” 

Judy Groves, awards chair, said “Jacqueline is an inspiration for women looking to make their mark in business, and to fulfil their potential. The work Jacqueline has been involved in to improve safety standards and stimulate innovation in the waste disposal industry is fantastic – truly inspiring. It was a unanimous decision among the judges to award Jacqueline as Business Woman of the Year 2016.”

Fantastic recognition for Jacqueline and we are delighted that she will be presenting at The Great British Family Business Conference in March next year.  Find out more here


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