Irish road safety pioneer given the freedom of the City of London

Irish road safety pioneer given the freedom of the City of London

A LONDON Irish business woman has been given the freedom of the City of London by The Worshipful Company of Carmen, in recognition of her dedication to the transport industry.

Every year, Carmen assess the transport industry and honour outstanding individuals across surface transport, including road and rail, goods and passengers.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, was recognised for her tireless dedication to fundamentally improving transport policy in London and across the country, which has seen her commit her 30-year career to innovation and staff development, pioneering road safety.

Honoured at the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall, in one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence in the City, Jacqueline’s appointment as a Freeman of the City provides her with the opportunity to serve the City of London Corporation and the wider community.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be recognised in The Worshipful Company of Carmen, and I’m humbled to join such a prestigious list of individuals who have changed their respective industries for the better," she said.

“Improving transport policy in the UK remains a priority for us, and we’ll continue to strive for better to ensure safety for all road users.”

Founded in 1959, family-run O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd aims to lead the way in safe, green and efficient waste operations across London.

Based in north London with five sites and 160 employees, O’Donovan offers a wide range of services including skip hire, roll on/off bins, waste transfer stations, tipper and grab lorry services, recycled aggregates, road sweepers, wheelie bins and demolition services.

O’Donovan has invested heavily in waste processing and ensures the maximum is recycled or re-used.