Princess Royal congratulates O’Donovan Waste MD at London awards ceremony

MULTIPLE award-winner Jacqueline O’Donovan has been honoured for her commitment to her staff and the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 25th annual National Courier Awards were held in London recently, at a ceremony celebrating excellence in the logistics and delivery sector.

There Ms O’Donovan, Managing Director at O’Donovan Wate, received a prestigious award.

The event was a landmark occasion organised by the Institute of Couriers (IoC) and took place at the stately Institute of Directors building in Pall Mall.

The glittering silver anniversary event also hosted a special guest, with Princess Anne in attendance.

The Princess Royal congratulated all the winners in person, recognising the key worker and critical infrastructure status of the sector.

Ms O’Donovan, who heads up a sustainable business operating 100 lorries across London, was honoured with a special award on the night, recognising her continuous work during the pandemic in prioritising staff wellbeing and promoting covid safety within the workforce and the wider business sector.

Ms O’Donovan was presented with her award by Minister Jo Churchill

The David Jamieson Award was presented to Ms O’Donovan by the Conservative MP Jo Churchill, who is the waste and resources minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

“It is a tremendous privilege to receive this award and I am delighted to accept it on behalf of all business leaders in transport and logistics that have had to change, adapt and modify in order to lead our teams through such an unprecedented time,” Ms O’Donovan said.

The awards are arbitrated by an independent panel of judges who recognise the best of the industry.

The David Jamieson Award is inspired by the IoC Vice President, former Transport minister and former police commissioner, David Jamieson.

Speaking of Jacqueline’s selection of the Covid Safety and Wellbeing Award, IoC President, Lord Falkland said: “Jacqui is an inspirational leader for her initiatives that assist workers in our sector and for road safety.”

Ms O’Donovan has previously been honoured by the IoC with the respected hood of fellowship in recognition of her vision for freight in the final mile environment.

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