Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been named Business Woman of the Year at this year’s Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards in Birmingham.
She 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.
Previous winners of the award include Baroness Karren Brady and Hilary Devey CBE.
The judges were impressed by O'Donovan's management since becoming the company's managing director at the age of 19, navigating the company through two recessions whilst growing staff numbers.
Under her 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, O'Donovan 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 she 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.
O’Donovan said: “It is an enormous honour to be awarded the Business Woman 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 chairman, 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."