Business leaders’ recognition for waste company MD

By Steve Ducker26 November 2021

Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of United Kingdom-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been named as the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year in the family business category at the body’s annual awards event.

The award recognises individuals in family businesses who have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in family companies and who have contributed to the success of the family business sector.

Jacqueline O’Donovan: ‘an amazing story of determination,’ said the IoD

The judging panel of respected industry leaders of the IoD’s London, South and Southwest region recognised Jacqueline for being at the forefront of leadership excellence, her contributions to sustainability and business excellence as well as her collaboration with the wider industry encouraging safety and best practice.

They also described Jacqueline as: “An amazing story of determination, drive, focus and passion – a clear business leader in a male dominated industry.”

Jacqueline said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the Family Business Director of the Year Award. With over five million family businesses in the UK and with the diverse nature of my role, it makes this achievement even more special.

O’Donovan Waste Disposal specialises in construction and demolition waste, turning over £20 million (US$26.7 million) and employing 185 people.

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