Jacqueline O’Donovan talks to Utility Fleet magazine about her company’s high standards when it comes to fleet and driver safety and why it is important to champion industry initiatives and drive forward best practice to continually improve operations...
Jacqueline O’Donovan is managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal and has run the family-owned business since 1984. She is well-known for her fierce 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 Transport for London’s (TfL) Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) through Jacqueline’s leadership, the company works closely with Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS), the Metropolitan Police’s Exchanging Places scheme and the Cycle Taskforce to raise awareness of the dangers of accidents between trucks and other vulnerable road users.
Pioneering sustainability, Jacqueline is also recognised as one of the industry’s environmental champions and the driving force behind the numerous awards the company has received. O’Donovan recycles an average of 99% 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 has also won acclaim for her efforts to increase the number of women and young people
working in the waste and construction industry