Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Jacqueline joins an elite group of women who have achieved the most prestigious status available within the CILT, with only five per cent of those reaching Fellowship being female.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed a Fellow of the CILT. It is an honour to achieve this level of recognition within such a recognised association and it stands as testament to the achievements of the whole O’Donovan team in working towards industry best practice,” she said.
Over the past 30 years, Jacqueline has grown the O’Donovan Waste Disposal business to employ more than 140 members of staff and operate a fleet of 85 vehicles.
She was thrust into the family business with little experience at the age of 17, when her father suddenly passed away.
A female teenager, she was not the average construction executive, but undaunted, she learnt the ropes with the support of her family and employees and a natural flair for leadership gradually saw her stamp her mark on the business.
She has been a leading player in helping improve safety standards across the sector, working closely with Transport for London’s (TfL) Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction
Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) to establish best practice when it comes to operating fleets responsibly.
She also helped develop the CLOCS ‘Standard for Construction Logistics Managing Work Related Road Risk’ programme, which was launched last year.
Meanwhile, she has focused on her drivers achieving some of the highest levels of training possible, which has delivered significant benefits including reducing the environmental impact of the O’Donovan fleet.