Trailblazer Jacqueline O’Donovan takes home a  Forward Ladies Award

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal added another trophy to her cabinet recently when she was presented with the Mentor of the Year award at the Forward Ladies (FL) Awards in London and the South East.  Jacqueline was selected for her track record in mentoring and developing future leaders of the waste, construction and logistics sectors whilst also taking a strong stance on encouraging diversity and inclusion.

The FL National Awards & Summit recognise the achievements of businesswomen in the UK who are dedicated to encouraging the growth of women and celebrate the achievements of successful women across the UK.

Jacqueline has long been recognised as an industry leader and has several awards under her belt for her outstanding accomplishments and leadership which has seen the family business O’Donovan Waste become one of London and the South East’s largest independent waste management companies. A leader in the construction and demolition supply chain with an excellent reputation for service, compliance and sustainable operations, O’Donovan Waste is a multiple award-winning business which employs 165 staff and operates a fleet of 95 lorries throughout the capital.

Forward Ladies CEO Griselda Togobo said: “Jacqueline is a genuine inspiration and role-model for women. An undisputed leader and ‘disruptor’ in a male-dominated industry, Jacqueline is one of the waste and construction sectors’ most influential trailblazers – passionately advocating for road-safety and best-practice, she has championed improved standards, resulting in a safer and more responsible sector.”

Jacqueline commented “ I am delighted to receive this award for mentoring as it is something I not only enjoy doing and I am passionate about it. At the moment there is such economic uncertainty and it is important to continue to encourage others into our industry sectors so we can offer guidance and direction whilst navigating the current business climate.”