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The O’Donovan Way 2
In the Media 16
Our News 25
News from 2016 26
Meet the Team 28
Key Events 30
2016 Awards 32
Supporting our Community 36
Road Safety Week 40
O’Donovan Today 41
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The O’Donovan Way
Denis Joseph O’Donovan, fondly known as
Generous Joe, arrived in London in the 1950s
after moving from a rural village in West Cork. In a
dance hall in London Joe met his wife Kathleen,
who also came from West Cork, they married in
1958, settling in Kilburn. They had four children:
Michael, Caroline, Anthony and Jacqueline.
Joe’s ambition and
succeed in business
was paramount –
like a lot of young
men who had made
the journey over
the pond. Having
on the railways
sites, Joe used this
experience and in 1959 Joe bought a Caterpillar
951 tracked shovel and secured his first
demolition job. He went on to purchase a
tipper and eventually moved into skip lorries,
establishing a depot in Kings Cross (which is
now the site of the British Library)
where his new business thrived
and began to expand.
business which needed
continuing. His four
children were thrust
into the running of the
family business and at
this stage none of
them had many years’
experience under their belts. This didn’t stop
the family however and they took over the
running of the business.
Nothing has changed in the intervening years,
O’Donovan is still entirely family-owned and is
run by the four siblings with Michael the CEO,
Caroline and Anthony the Operations Directors
and Jacqueline, Managing Director. All of them are
fiercely proud of the family-values and Irish
heritage which have helped make O’Donovan a
After working out of numerous locations in North
London, the business finally settled in Tottenham
and currently has four sites within the area, along
with an additional site in West London.
Sadly however Joe passed away
suddenly in 1985 at the age of 51,
leaving an extremely successful
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Going for Gold
This year we re-attained our FORS Gold standard
for the fifth consecutive year. Originally we were
one of the first eight companies to hold the FORS
Gold standard and the only independant company.
Today the scheme has over 4000 members across
Being part of FORS has helped us
continually improve our operations
and investment in our fleet, as
the information and support we
receive is invaluable.
A benefit has been that our insurance costs have
reduced by 25% per vehicle, per year. This has come
about by having fewer incidents – we’ve seen a 33%
reduction and also our average cost of a claim has
been reduced by 66% because technology has
enabled us to see exactly what has happened.
Clearly being FORS accredited
has paid dividends for O’Donovan
and we will continue to use this
as a demonstration of our
commitment to improving our
driver training strategy, reducing risk to
vulnerable road users and focus on road safety
and sustainable practices.
To further support the company’s mission,
Jacqueline O’Donovan is a member of the FORS
Governance and Standards Advisory Group
(GSAG). This Group of key industry figures were
brought together in 2015 when the FORS scheme
was handed over from Transport for London.
The remit of the GSAG is to lead and champion
the direction of FORS to ensure the relevance of
the standard and to ultimately guarantee the
integrity of the scheme as it rolls out for operators
across the UK.
We welcomed some new additions in 2016!
New lorries joined our fleet in 2016, all of which lead the way
in HGV design. All of them were chosen specifically for their
innovative safety features. We worked closely with the
manufacturers to specify exactly what we needed on each of
the lorries to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
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Industry leading initiative
In March we used the annual Construction
Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) progress
event to unveil our ground-breaking Mercedes
Benz Econic skip loaders. The theme of the
progress event was ‘Looking to the Future’ and
was a showcase of brand new vehicles from
leading manufacturers and other CLOCS
Champions. Our reveal of the Econic skip loaders
was an industry first – they are the first vehicles
of their kind to be put to work in the UK.
The whole purpose of CLOCS is about resolute
steps and cultural change to reduce the road
danger posed by construction industry vehicles.
As a progressive company known for bold
decisions, we are keen to ensure we are making
the best choices to help further protect
vulnerable road users.
drive CLOCS forward as a national standard for
the UK; led by The South East Centre for the
Built Environment (SECBE), the partnership also
includes a range of industry bodies. In October
Jacqueline O’Donovan was appointed to the
SECBE non-executive Board in recognition of
her continued commitment to the construction
As part of her role at SECBE, Jacqueline will bring
her passion for Health & Safety and credibility as
one of the first firms to be become a CLOCS
champion and it’s this experience which will be of
great value to SECBE, in driving the national roll
out of CLOCS.
In November CLOCS announced that a new
partnership had been created to manage and
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joins our fleet
As part of our ongoing aim to raise the bar in
construction logistics safety, we were extremely
proud to unveil brand new additions to our fleet
at this year’s CLOCS progress event. The
ground-breaking Mercedes Benz Econic 4×2 skip
loader 1830L was the first vehicle of its kind to be
commercially bought and put to work in the
United Kingdom. Originally designed for municipal
waste work, the vehicle has since been made
available to the construction sector.
We led the way as the first company to hit
London’s streets in March with the exclusive
Econics, the lorry delivers previously unseen
safety features offering the driver an
unparalleled view of vulnerable road users. It has
a wide field of vision with its deep panoramic
windscreen, a fully glazed floor to ceiling ‘bus
style’ nearside door and lowered driving position
which puts the driver at eye level with both
cyclists and pedestrians. The glazed door also
provides direct visibility of the nearside blindspot,
a particularly vulnerable position for cyclists.
In addition to the obvious safety benefits offered,
we also had a range of additional CLOCS safety
features fitted including, but not limited to: side
scan system, side under run protection, left hand
turn audible alarm and conspicuity markings.
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The Metropolitan Police and the City of London
run the award-winning Exchanging Places
programme around London to give cyclists the
chance to sit in the driver’s seat of an HGV to see
for themselves how difficult it can be to see a
cyclist riding close to the lorry. It’s also a perfect
opportunity for operators and cyclists to get
together and discuss the issues of road safety.
Throughout the year we volunteer our lorries and
drivers to go along to take part.
positive with 97%
per cent of cyclists
saying they would
change their riding
as a result of
sitting in the
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for road safety
According to The Royal Society for the Prevention
of Accidents (RoSPA) driving for work is the third
riskiest job in the world, after deep sea fishing and
coal mining. Road crashes account for 39% of all
work-related deaths in the European Union and
this number doesn’t include those driving to and
Throughout 2016 we campaigned to help raise
awareness of a range of safety themes for both
our own staff and other drivers and employers
in our industry. The campaign was designed to
help support the work of Brake Professional
which promotes road risk management and
helps organisations manage their transport
requirements in ways that are safe, sustainable,
healthy and fair.
Our industry has a duty to make road safety its
priority, no matter the size of operation. As an
SME, we were keen to share our experiences
with other small businesses to help promote
“In the UK the cost to employers of
at-work collisions is estimated to
be more than £2.7 billion a year”
If you're caught driving with drugs in your system you face an
automatic 12-month driving ban and up to six months in jail and
Breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions is
recorded (by police at crash scenes) as a contributory factor in
more than one in four (27%) fatal crashes in the UK.
¾ of all collisions involving cyclists happen at or near a junction.
Also cyclists are particularly at risk from large vehicles turning
left or manoeuvring, due to blindspots.
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Drink driving is still one of the biggest killers on our roads, with
one in seven road deaths being due to drink drivers.
Distracted driving is a major cause of road crashes and using your
phone when driving has been shown to be worse than drinking
certain amounts of alcohol.
22,000 road impact incidents in England in 2013 were caused by
objects falling from vehicles.
It's estimated that 85% of roadworthiness infringements could
be avoided if drivers had carried out a simple walkaround check
of their vehicles, before starting their journey.
As part of Road Safety Week, Brake encourages everyone to
make the Brake Pledge which asks drivers to do everything they
can to protect themselves and the people around them.
Make the Brake Pledge
Brake has a vision for a world where streets are
pleasant, unpolluted, and safe for everyone to
use freely. To help achieve this, Brake is asking
everyone to sign their Pledge, whether a driver or
not. The Pledge calls for people to drive less and,
if they do drive, to do everything they can to
protect themselves and the people around them.
You can sign the Brake Pledge by visiting: www.brake.org.uk/pledge
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the highest levels
We pride ourselves on our high standards of staff training and recognise
the importance of developing their skills, to ensure they receive the right
training throughout their employment.
Our staff are our biggest asset, by ensuring they
operate to the highest standard this in turn
benefits the service we provide to our clients.
We’re keen to ensure our staff receive the very
latest in training, and this year employees have
taken part in various courses, two new ones were:
Road Haulage Association –
Driver CPC in-cab
This two day course covered topics including
fuel economy, creating training programmes,
reducing accidental damage and assessing the
cause of accidents.
Paul Neal our Logistical Supervisor came away
with the knowledge to carry out in-house
driving assessments and Paul has put his skills
into practice, training our team to drive ‘The
O’Donovan Way’. This ensures driving to the
highest standard possible, accidents are reduced
and safety is improved for both our drivers and
vulnerable road users.
A new course developed
by Transport for London
in partnership with
the Metropolitan Police,
DVSA and Traffic
rolled out this year.
Designed to ensure drivers know their
responsibilities in relation to our Operator’s
Licence and their own driving licences, the
course gives an understanding of the regulatory
framework governing road transport and the
enforcement agencies and regulations to ensure
drivers, vehicles and journeys are compliant
and ultimately, stay legal.
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a piece of London’s history
Back in the annals of history the Corporation of
the City of London regulated the trades and
the Carmen fellowship, created in 1277, were
responsible for transport throughout the City.
Despite a number of disputes over licencing it
was eventually agreed that all licensed vehicles
should be marked with the City’s arms on the
shafts and numbered on a brass plate. In 1681
there were 420 licensed carts; in 1835, 600.
In keeping with tradition, each year the
Worshipful Company of Carmen bring
horse-drawn waggons and carriages, steamers,
veteran and vintage lorries, buses and coaches,
and modern trucks and tractor units, to be
branded, or marked, with a red-hot iron, on a
wooden plate, with the year letter and the cart
number, as a reminder of centuries of service to
the City and to maintain their ancient tradition.
Organised by the Carmen, the Corporation’s
ceremony itself, in Guildhall Yard, sees each
vehicle brought for the Master’s inspection, then
branded by the Keeper of Guildhall, using a special
brazier and gloves provided by the Glovers’
Company. The duties of the Keeper are shared
with the Lord Mayor, and also the Master Carman.
Afterwards the Lord Mayor, Sheriff, Master
Carman and Wardens doff their caps as each
vehicle passes the rostrum.
We were thrilled to take part in the ceremony this
year. We took along our fully restored 1966
Leyland AEC Tipper to have it branded – it was
great to be part of such an historical event!
The Worshipful Company of Carmen
The Worshipful Company of Carmen reflects the
transport industry with the focus on surface
transport, including road and rail, goods and
passenger and serve the City of London as it has
done for five centuries.
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more waste than ever!
Our Alperton site enables us to divert 100% of
our waste from landfill. It also has a 24 hour, 7 day
a week licence meaning we’re able to handle more
waste than ever before. The site is open to other
waste carriers and the general public.
Sustainability is paramount for us and we look to
protect what we have currently and also for
future generations. The key focus for Alperton is
to enable us recycle as much as possible into
recoverable and reusable materials and remove
reliance on dwindling virgin materials.
plant on site and a water harvesting system
which collects rain water, with the capacity to
store 60,000 litres for use across the entire site
including our suppression systems.
The creation of our new facility has enabled us to
cast our net further afield in relation to the areas
we service and has created a number of local jobs
across a range of roles.
The site is self-sufficient in a number of ways
including the use of solar panels to provide the
electricity needed to power all the heavy process
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of our new material recycling facility
Opened by His Excellency Dan Mulhall, The
Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain in May, our
Alperton facility represents a £15m investment
which has doubled our waste processing capacity
and has helped minimise the miles our collection
vehicles need to travel.
We welcomed guests from across industry to our
grand opening and it was a huge celebration
enjoyed by the whole O’Donovan team.
The site receives and processes a myriad of
construction and demolition waste generated
across London. With an enclosed processing
facility, all waste is segregated and baled on site.
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In the Media
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In the Media
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How can we
We offer a full range of skips from 4 cubic yards
right up to 40. We also provide certified lifting
skips as well as lockable versions. Our ‘wait & load’
service gives complete flexibility and where
necessary, we can help with local authority
permits and supply of covers and lights.
Roll on Roll off bins
Job too big for a skip? Our Rollon Rolloff bins are
robust and versatile, suitable for larger projects.
They can take rubble, industrial or commercial
waste, bulky recyclables and more.
The perfect solution for awkward to access
spaces, our grab lorries provide a quick and easy
solution for collection of waste or delivery of
Our FORS Gold and CLOCS compliant fleet of 32
tonne tippers are available for muck away,
excavation, day work and delivery of materials.
We also have 7.5 tonne vehicles for smaller jobs.
Our recycling plants crush and grade construction
waste to WRAP quality protocols. We can provide
specified materials including Type 2 crushed
concrete, concrete fines, 6F1 and 6F2, crushed
brick, hardcore and screened topsoil. All our
recycled materials come with a quality
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Our highest quality aggregates are certified and
graded and can be supplied in skips, bins or loose.
From 1 tonne up to 20 tonnes we offer soft and
sharp sand, ballasts, MOT type 1 stone, shingle,
gravels and more.
Keep sites and roads clear and compliant with
our range of road sweepers, operated by our
‘Wait & Load’ our driver will come to you with a
skip, bin, rolonoff container or a caged vehicle
and wait while you load it. We also provide ‘Wait &
Load’ plus manpower to carry out the hard work
Wheelie bins and compactor lorry
Hiring wheelie bins is the ideal solution for limited
site access or space. Our compactor vehicles
empty the wheelie bins at the time of your
choosing and the bins come in a variety of sizes.
From industrial dismantling, asbestos removal,
strip-outs, full site clearance, scaffolding and
rubbish removal, we provide a comprehensive
demolition service. We offer site visits, welfare
and risk assessments and method statements.
Our full Compliance Department ensures all
CDM and associated regulations are adhered to –
assisting clients with legal compliance whilst
If you need to hire a caged vehicle, our driver
will come to you and wait while you load the
waste. This service is for bulk collections of
general waste only and cannot be used for any
A more cost effective option if you have the
labour and location for the vehicle to be parked
legally on-road or have access to park off-road –
eliminating the need to obtain and pay for a
council permit. We can also arrange to load the
vehicle for you.
Waste transfer and material
We have two licenced waste transfer stations
for the disposal of non-hazardous waste and a
material recycling facility. We aim to reuse and
recycle as much as possible and divert 100% of
waste from landfill. At our recycling facility we
use state-of-the-art machinery to process
construction and demolition site waste into
100% recycled aggregates.
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“O’Donovan’s were employed to remove a dis-used pedestrian bridge on the old North
London Railway Line at North Woolwich. The metal bridge which was to be re-erected
on a heritage railway site. It had deteriorated badly over the years and extreme care
was required during the operation. O’Donovan’s safely and efficiently protected the
structure during removal ensuring it could be re-erected later. We would highly
commend O’Donovan’s approach and would certainly use them again.”
“We are always more than impressed with O’Donovan’s
professionalism and ability to react quickly to site requirements.
Their large fleet of fully equipped vehicles and stringent approach
to driver training gives us the right piece of mind to promote and use their products
and services. This coupled with an experienced office and affably dedicated sales
force, enables a truly robust trading partnership.”
“We use O’Donovan Waste Disposal for Grabs lorries, Tippers and skips on a regular
basis. We are happy with the service we receive – Very much so. We are most
impressed with the rapid response we receive to our requests and the friendly staff
we deal with. I would describe O’Donovans as a sizeable company that offers a family
company service and would have no hesitation in recommending their service.”
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“The nature of business our company is involved with relies heavily on certain
operational aspects one of them being Waste Management. I would consider
O’Donovan having a major impact on ensuring our projects are delivered cost
efficiently and in time. O’Donovan isn’t your usual stereotypical skip company.
From the person who answers the phone to the one who sorts your invoice queries
and to the driver who goes to site, the whole team is a friendly bunch of people who
are there to make sure that the service you have called upon is delivered at the
highest professional standards.”
“DDS Demolition use O’Donovans for our haulage and Plant Hire requirements and
we are very happy with the service. We carry out KPI’s on all our sub-contractors and
all of O’Donovan’s KPI’s are above average. What impresses us most is their
Communication, Truthfulness, Price and willingness to partner us with terms and
conditions. We recommend them because they provide an efficient, reliable and
“I just want to pass on my personal thanks to you and the team for all the hard work
you have put into Road Safety Week this week! A massive thank you for all your
activities and support on social media, it looks great. It’s wonderful to see your
bulletins filled with such positivity and working in collaboration with others like the
Met and council. Keep up the good work.”
Driving sustainability – Delivering excellence
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The Job Interview
Earlier in the year we were approached to take
part in the Channel 4 documentary: The Job
Interview. Needless to say we agreed and
Jacqueline O’Donovan and Richard Clarke, our
Commercial Director, appeared on our screens in
The fly-on-the-wall series followed real-life
interviews in unprecedented detail, with a
diverse range of candidates being interviewed
different companies over each episode. We
featured in Episode 4 alongside a party planning
company. It was a great experience and proved
to be a novel way to recruit staff.
All episodes of The Job Interview are available to
watch on Channel 4 On Demand.
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News from 2016
Joined launch of LOCITY
looking at lowering London’s
O’Donovan Waste Disposal
shares SME best practice at Transport
Services Redbridge Event
Driving compliance for
O’Donovan Waste Disposal HGVs
Jacqueline O’Donovan invited to judge
prestigious Institute of Director awards
Industry first Mercedes
Benz Econic skip loader
Waste Disposal’s fleet
wins Outstanding Woman in
O’Donovan Waste Disposal launches
2016 safety campaign
O’Donovan Waste Disposal leading the way with
Road Haulage Association Driver CPC in-cab training for staff
O’Donovan unveils new
waste processing facility
David Lammy MP discusses local jobs, safer
roads and CSR with O’Donovan Waste
O’Donovan puts school children in the driving seat at City of London Road Safety Day
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O’Donovan Waste Disposal leads
the way in health and safety at
Constructing Excellence Awards
on Channel 4’s documentary
The Job Interview
O’Donovan Waste Disposal teams up
with LCC to bring citywide BikeTubes to London
makes it three in a row with
latest award win for
leadership and innovation
Sponsors Local Cycling Club’s Track
O’Donovan Waste Disposal sets standard
for safety at 2016 SHD Logistics awards
honoured as Vitalise
Business Woman of
the Year 2016
Drivers’ hours, should the law be changed? Take our quick survey
O’Donovan Waste Disposal secures
European award for road safety
Jacqueline O’Donovan named
‘Most Inspiring Business Woman’ at
Best Business Women awards 2016
O’Donovan takes part in various
events for Road Safety Week
FORS partners with O’Donovan
for Road Safety Week
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Meet the Team
We have an ever growing team of skilled employees at O’Donovan and now
employ 160 people in various roles across the entire business. We’d like to
introduce you to just a few who make up the O’Donovan team. They’ve
shared a little of what their jobs entail and also a lighter view on their lives
both in and out of work.
Shane Brown – Transport Manager
I’ve worked as Transport Manager for six years and my role incorporates the running
of the tipper and grab fleets. I also ensure the drivers are up to date with changing
legislation. I look after clients, delivering excellent customer service, whilst also
managing drivers and allocating their work. We have a great team spirit and work
together to make sure our clients’ needs are met safely and efficiently.
What is your biggest vice?
Outside of work it’s golf. I play to a 9 handicap and try to play every Sunday morning.
We’ve held a couple of O’Donovan golf days and once we had the drivers at Blakes in
Harlow for a game – needless to say my team won, it wasn’t fixed honest!
James Clark – Skip Controller
I’m responsible for the co-ordination of a large team of skip drivers across London
and the South East. I process orders and requests for work to be completed, liaise
with clients, schedule and route plan to complete the delivery and collection of skips
within the agreed timeframes and manage any hurdles that may arise in the
process, such as traffic congestion. I am also Client Manager and look after some of
our major accounts.
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had at work?
We always manage to have a good laugh in the office, which is really important as
we’re in such a busy environment. There are a few funny moments that spring to
mind – including my colleague Ken falling off his chair whilst talking to a customer.
He still managed to hold onto the phone and take the order, whilst we all fell about
the place laughing!
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Liam Clement-Smith – Fleet Risk Manager
It’s my job to fully investigate and manage all incidents effectively. I work alongside
the Transport Manager to ensure our drivers follow company polices to reduce our
work related road risk. I also attend road safety events and keep up to date with
industry news to ensure company polices reflect best practice and the Managing
Director is fully versed.
Is there one thing you avoid doing at all costs?
Take your pick from sharing biscuits, paying more than £5 for a pint or grinning whilst
Shane is telling yet another outrageous lie to a new staff member (like we use left
handed screwdrivers or similar).
Amanda Tang – PA
I look after the Sales Team and Sales Development Manager. I try my hardest to help
make sure they get their work done and that they’re able do their jobs to the best of
their ability. I’m also a supporting role to all Managers at O’Donovan when they
require an extra helping hand in their departments.
What will you be spending more on in 2017?
I have big plans in 2017! I’ve got two weddings to go to; which means lots of travel
and I’ve recently moved so I’ll be sprucing the place up and making it my own. I also
plan on travelling to Mauritius and other places around the world to visit old friends
and see new family so it will be an eventful year filled with good things!
Daniel Burns – Depot Manager
My role is to make sure the Alperton depot runs like clockwork. I am responsible for
the upkeep of the yard and maintenance of the building and plant on site. A big part
of my job is the health and safety of visitors and staff. I keep a close eye on
operations and movements within the yard to ensure no holdups or delays and I also
support the office staff in any way if they need help. I also set the work up for the
night shift and provide them with support where necessary.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
I was showing someone around the new yard and was taking them up to the picking
station. As I was walking ahead, I bent down to pick something off the floor and split
my trousers, with the person standing right behind me – there was no sparing my
blushes. My boxer shorts were on show for all to see!
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The London Bike Show
As a CLOCS Champion, we joined the CLOCS
team to promote their work in helping to
protect Vulnerable Road Users.
Intertnational Women’s Day
Jacqueline was guest speaker at a charity
event for icap, which was being held to
celebrate International Women’s Day and
of the work the
charity does with
Brake – Fleet Safety Conference
London Borough of Redbridge
and Chartered Institute of
Logistics and Transport Annual
We sponsored this event and presented on the
subject of ‘Doing it right pays dividends’.
This annual event brings together fleet
managers and suppliers to share best practice
in managing road risk. We gave a presentation
on protecting vulnerable road users.
Safer in the City
We joined a highly regarded panel of speakers
from influential bodies and organisations
from around the city. We discussed the
positives, concerns and ideas about safety on
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Van & Truck 2016
Jacqueline spoke in the Plenary Theatre to
discuss the critical issues faced by commercial
Freight in the City Expo
This one-day free-to-attend event featured
an exhibition of the latest vehicles, including
our Econic lorry, technology and equipment
that enable urban deliveries to be made
cleanly, safely, quietly and efficiently.
The IRTE Conference
Along with other industry figures, Jacqueline
took part in a panel session entitled: CLOCS,
FORS and safer lorries: emerging trucks and
The Silverstone Time Trial
The Silverstone Time Trial Cycling Challenge
was a new cycling event at the iconic
Silverstone Formula 1 race track. The event
attracted high numbers of amateur and elite
riders to race.
Utility Fleet Forum Conference
Jacqueline spoke on safety in fleet operations
and vulnerable road users at this event which
provides the very best advice and solutions,
tailored specifically for essential services fleet
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Outstanding Woman in Construction
“A showcase for the brightest and the best
female achievers in the national and
international housebuilding and wider
edie 2016 Environment &
Energy Awards Health and
"The E&E Awards are about recognising the success of the green
economy, and celebrating all who are really setting the standard
when it comes to doing business better.”
Constructing Excellence –
“The judges were impressed not only by the huge investments made by the company into training
its team for the safe operation of its waste business, but also that the work undertaken with
vehicle manufacturers, TfL, the police and the cycling public is making a huge contribution to the
safety of all road users.”
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Achiever of the Year
“Jacqueline’s career has taught her that you
never stop learning and this is something
that she embeds in the team. She is a driver
of people and her enthusiasm resonates
throughout her family business, the built
environment and the wider community.”
British Irish Trading Alliance Outstanding
Commitment to Innovation Award
“Not only is she a great leader, but she is also a tireless mentor who has led selflessly and without
question. This approach is also evident within her company, which maintains the strong family
values started by her father.”
“A company which had truly taken the
whole industry forward; its safety culture
and ethos are matched by its commitment
to training and investment in the tough
waste transport sector. They stand as an
excellent example to others.
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Vitalise Business Woman of the Year
“Jacqueline is an inspiration for women looking
to make their mark in business, and to fulfil
their potential. The work Jacqueline has been
involved in to improve safety standards and
stimulate innovation in the waste disposal
industry is fantastic – truly inspiring.”
Brake Fleet Safety Awards Company Driver
“We were delighted to receive so many strong entries, with organisations and individuals across
the world doing fantastic work to make our roads safer for everyone.”
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European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)
PRAISE Award for Road Safety
“O’Donovan has demonstrated strong leadership from the top down and is acting as a passionate
champion for work-related road risk management. They are aiming not just to be an example of
best practice, but to set the industry standard.”
Best Business Women awards
Most Inspiring Business Woman
“The judges were inspired by Jacqueline’s commitment and tenacity
to succeed, with the family business having grown exponentially
under her leadership.”
MPA highly commended
in reducing occupational
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Supporting our Community
We’ve been proud sponsors of a range of initiatives in
and around our community during 2016
Irish Film Festival London
2016 Irish Film London (IFL) Awards and launch of the Irish Film Festival
London. IFL supports the interests of the Irish Film and Animation Industry
and provides educational opportunities for filmmakers and young people
including workshops, master classes and lectures.
Goal Jersey Day
In support of GOAL’s work in developing
worlds, the team all wore a sports jersey
to work, making a donation to GOAL.
Thomas Sinden charity golf day
We’re proud to have
We donated an auction prize for
construction services provider Thomas
Sinden’s charity golf day. The event was
held to raise money for the Lighthouse
Club, the construction industry charity.
A massive £5000 was raised on the day
and was generously being matched by a
donation from Thomas Sinden.
Bloomin’ Lovely Night Out
We were pleased to be involved in the London Irish Centre’s
Bloomin’ Lovely Night Out fundraiser. The Centre supports Irish
people in London and promotes Irish arts and culture.
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Macmillan Coffee Morning
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest
fundraising event for people facing cancer. We hosted our
own Coffee Morning with donations from the day made to
Macmillan. In 2015 Coffee Mornings raised £25 million.
Jeans for Genes
We took part in this year’s Jeans for Genes
day raising money towards the funding of a
range of initiatives that improve the lives of
children affected by a genetic disorder.
Support our Schools – ABC Ball
We sponsored a gala evening for four
foundation schools in support of the A
Better Chance Bursary Scheme. The Scheme
helps less privileged, yet talented children
enjoy the benefits of a Mill Hill education.
Parnells Girls’ Gaelic
Check out the new shirts we helped
sponsor for the Parnells Ladies Gaelic
Football Club. It’s a well established and
successful Ladies Gaelic football club.
Based in London the club is comprised of
members from all parts of Ireland and
the UK and with several from other parts
of the world.
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Supporting our Community
The Andrew Stone Invitational Charity
We were pleased to sponsor the 2016 Andrew Stone
Invitational Charity Golf Tournament which raised
£5,300 on the day for Cancer Research UK.
St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
Perivale – Gaelic football Cork schools
The St John Fisher Catholic school in Perivale trialled an
exchange programme with schools in Cork and have
introduced Gaelic football to the school. We’ve sponsored
the kit for ten year five children who travelled to Mallow,
as part of the Schools Exchange Program.
Broxbourne Borough FC
We’re proud sponsors for this local
football team over the next year – good
luck Broxbourne Borough FC!
London Irish Vintage Rally
This annual event raised money for
Shooting Star, Mind (Harrow), St Mark’s
Hospital and the Brent Irish Advisory
Service. We showed our support with
Michael O’Donovan’s unique collection of
vintage lorries which he proudly exhibits
at this event.
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David Lammy MP discusses local jobs, safer roads and CSR
In May we were visited by David Lammy to discuss
initiatives to make London’s roads safer and our work
with the local community.
“I look forward to following O’Donovan’s success in the
future and will continue to support their work keeping
vulnerable road users safe and supporting the local
economy in Tottenham.”
‘BikeTubes’ on Cycle to Work Day
14 September was Cycle to Work Day and we teamed up with London Cycling Campaign to sponsor
a series of led-rides which were aimed at helping people commute by bike for the first time.
The BikeTubes are a perfect way to get large groups of
cyclists across London at the busiest times and are a great
way to build cyclist confidence. We’re committed to seeing
that new cyclists get all the support they need cycling to
work and appreciate that there needs to be a collaborative
relationship developed between the logistics industry and
cyclists. No one should be afraid to cycle on London’s roads.
“We are delighted that O’Donovan Waste Disposal is
supporting the safety of cyclists. London streets can be
intimidating in rush hour and the first commute is often the
hardest. But with the right support more people can gain
the confidence to commute by cycle – which will also help
London become the healthier, happier, less polluted and
less congested city we all want it to be.”
Ashok Sinha, LCC CEO
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Road Safety Week
Brake, the road safety charity co-ordinates Road
Safety Week annually and it's the biggest event of
its kind in the UK. Road Safety Week aims to
inspire communities to take action on road safety
and promote life-saving messages.
We got involved by volunteering staff and lorries
to take part in a number of Exchanging Places
events with the Metropolitan Police and the City
of London and the FORS team.
In particular, we visited a number of local schools
to show children around and inside our lorries.
It’s a priority to educate children on road safety, so
we were able to help them with information on
road safety and to understand how to share the
roads safely with HGVs.
“It was fantastic to see so many
students engaging with the
messages of road safety week.
The team here today have done a
fantastic job of raising awareness
of the risks these young people
encounter on the roads, and the
importance of being aware and
alert around these vehicles.”
Paul Wilkes, FORS Business Services Manager
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A multi-award winning waste management
operator, O’Donovan has 160 employees,
5 locations, a fleet of 90 HGVs, many of which
lead the way in vehicle design. We have a
It is our aim to lead the way in
safe, green and efficient waste
operations across London. We’re
passionate about the waste
industry and about working as
safely and sustainably as possible.
To this end we champion a range of ongoing
initiatives which demonstrate our family’s
top-down commitment. As such have become
widely regarded within the construction, waste
and logistics industry as a champion for health and
safety, training and environmental excellence.
O’Donovan is a certified training centre, approved
by JAUPT (DCPC) and British Safety Council (BSC). 1
This year we made our most significant business
investment to date, with £15m spent on a new
material recycling facility in Alperton, which
doubled our waste processing capacity.
2017 is already looking like it will be as busy and
as significant for O’Donovan as 2016 was. It will
be interesting to see the next developments
in relation to our exit from the EU; how it is
managed and what impact the process might have
on our industries.
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