Jacqueline O’Donovan, the trailblazing managing director of O’Donovan Waste has done it again and has been honoured at the inaugural Business Post Global Irish Diaspora Awards in London. Known for being a disrupter and innovator in the construction and waste sector, not only in the UK but in Ireland and the USA, Jacqueline was awarded the Business Leader of the Year title at the glittering event.
With over 70 million people across the globe with Irish ancestral links, the awards have been established to recognise and celebrate the vast contribution to the world of business that Ireland and its people have made. The first ever Global Diaspora Awards ceremony celebrated the achievements and accomplishments of the Irish diaspora worldwide across 12 nominated categories and was held at the acclaimed Waldorf Hilton hotel in Central London.
Jacqueline, who has strong West Cork roots is a passionate, driven and successful businesswoman, who has not only made the family business a resounding success but has worked hard over the years as a visionary leader and innovator, influencing and improving the industry as a whole. Jacqueline is also a dedicated supporter of the Irish community in the UK and is involved in a number of projects, most recently funding the launch of an Irish archive at the London Irish Centre. The archive will preserve the history of the stories, letters, tapes and recordings of Irish emigrants that travelled to the UK, known as “the men who built Britain” for generations to come.
Jacqueline commented: “It is a massive privilege to win this esteemed award and it is an honour to be recognised for my skills, commitment and passion to business and doing what I love.”