Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been honoured recently with the prestigious Female Leadership award at this year’s Building Awards in London. 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 were impressed by Jacqueline’s determination to succeed and 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, supporting and inspiring other women. O’Donovan has been a champion for road safety and sustainability initiatives across the construction and logistics industry working alongside HGV manufacturers, advising on safer designs and introducing glazed lorry passenger doors to improve direct vision and increase road safety.
2018 has been a monumental year for Jacqueline which has seen her presented with the PwC UK Private Businesswoman of the Year Award as well as the Women’s Economic Forum naming her as their Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership.
Jacqueline commented ‘It was a total shock to win the Female Leadership award and I am honoured to be recognised amongst the building community. It is important to encourage women into the sector and I am delighted that as a business leader, I have the opportunity to do that.’