Jacqueline O’Donovan, O’Donovan Waste Disposal,
When her father passed away suddenly, the then 17 year Jacqueline was thrust into a family business that she neither fully understood nor was qualified to work in. She was a teenager and a woman, not your average construction executive. Undaunted Jacqueline started to learn the ropes, and with the support of her family and employees, her flair for leadership came to the fore and she gradually made her mark on the business.
Today the family owned and run O’Donovan Waste Disposal is one of London’s leading independent waste management companies, with more than 100 employees and a £13 million turnover. It specialises in skip hire, waste management, tipper and grab lorry services, recycled aggregates and screening, road sweepers and demolition services.
Pioneering sustainability, Jacqueline is recognised as one of the industry’s environmental champions who has been the driving force behind the numerous awards it has received. O’Donovan recycles an average of 97% of all waste collected from its clients each month, representing its commitment to a sustainable construction industry. Her determination to innovate in every area of the business is reflected in its 120% sales increase over the last four years.
Jacqueline is also well known for her commitment to safety and training. She has helped to develop national occupational standards for the waste industry with Skills for Logistics and encourages all her staff to upskill. As a Gold member of TFL’s Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) through Jacqueline’s leadership, O’Donovan continues to work closely with CLOCS, the Exchanging Places scheme and the Met’s Cycle Taskforce to raise awareness of the dangers of accidents between trucks and other vulnerable road users.