June 2017

Jacqueline O’Donovan named ‘industry champion’ at the FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics awards 2017

Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been named as Industry Champion at this year’s FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Jacqueline was recognised for her passion and drive to succeed in the sector since the age of 17, and her determination to fundamentally change and improve the transport and logistics industry and the development of those within it.

The awards programme was first launched to raise awareness of the varied opportunities within transport and logistics, whilst creating visible role models to inspire and encourage more women to pursue a career in the industry. Furthermore, the Industry Champion Award sponsored by Asda Logistics Services, was presented to Jacqueline for championing the progress of women working in the sector.

Jacqueline is the MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd, one of London’s leading independent construction and demolition waste management companies. Based in Tottenham, the family-run business employs 160 members of staff and operates a 90-strong fleet of HGVs across London. With over 50 years’ experience, the company boasts a turnover of £19.25m.

In an industry worth £574m, Jacqueline has led O’Donovan to strong year-on-year growth. In the past five years alone, sales have more than doubled in spite of the recession.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, “The role models celebrated today, from women excelling at the beginning of their career to those well-established in their journey, are a reflection of the many rewarding opportunities within the transport and logistics industry. We are proud to recognise individuals who are transforming the industry through their tenacity, passion for innovation and commitment to mentoring the next generation”

David Wells, Chief Executive Officer, FTA adds: “The logistics industry is one of the UK’s most important, employing more than 2.54 million people across the country and ensuring that all aspects of our economy continue to work as efficiently as possible. FTA is delighted to support the FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards once again, to pay tribute to the incredibly talented women working right across the sector who keep industry moving.

At such a time of great change and economic uncertainty, we need to inspire young people and showcase aspirational role models – our finalists today certainly fit the bill. The teenagers of today are the transport managers and logistics directors of tomorrow and these awards will help us to raise the profile of our sector throughout the country, as well as rewarding those who have shown exceptional dedication and ability. Many congratulations to them all.”

Jill Clark, Senior Director – People, Asda Logistics Services said: “Asda is pleased to be supporting the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. It is important to support, recognise and celebrate exceptional female talent within this sector. We recognise that great leadership, role models and experience sits at the heart of every business to retain and attract talent. At Asda we are committed to inspiring, developing and nurturing our colleagues at all levels to review and explore the wide range of roles and career paths available.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, said: “I’m delighted to receive this award and would like to extend my thanks to everyone who made it possible. To be perceived as an Industry Champion is an absolute honour, and I’m proud to collect this award on behalf of my family and staff.”

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