Jacqueline O'Donovan

Jacqueline O'Donovan

Managing Director at O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd | United Kingdom

Jacqueline O’Donovan OBE is recognised as an innovator and a leading force as one of the most influential trailblazers in the waste, logistics, transport, and construction industries. Having run a multi-award winning waste management business Jacqui passionately advocates for sustainability, diversity, health and safety, championing improved standards and environmental excellence. A well-known international speaker and business expert, Jacqueline has appeared on the BBC, ITN, RTE and many other media outlets. Recognised for her hard work and commitment, Jacqueline is a true disruptor and trailblazer. She has been bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, including a number of respected fellowships and affiliations with professional organisations and bodies in the sectors. Awards include PwC Private Businesswoman of the Year, Growing Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, and twice being named Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors. Jacqueline is a keen advocate of sustainable operations as well as encouraging diversity and inclusion. She is the only female CEO in the world to earn a Master’s Degree in Demolition Management from Wolverhampton University, and has also studied with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) at the University of Cambridge, taking the lead in tackling the world’s most pressing global challenges. A dedicated philanthropist and patriot, Jacqueline has been honoured by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her continuous support of the Irish community in the UK. Most recently, Jacqueline was awarded an OBE in King Charles III’s first Birthday Honours list for her outstanding services to Recycling, Safety and Industry.