Taskforce role for Jacqueline O’Donovan

Diversity, equality and inclusion with in the transport sector will be a special focus for Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, who has been appointed as a vice chair of a national taskforce group.

Jacqueline has been appointed vice chair of the diversity and inclusion group as part of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) with the Department for Transport.

As vice-chair, Jacqueline is to provide vision and leadership in promoting a culture in the sector that values and supports diversity, equality and inclusion.

Announcing the appointment to the taskforce group, O'Donovan Waste Disposal, said that Jacqueline “has been a steadfast supporter of promoting opportunities and advancing best practice in the transport and logistics sector. As the only female MD of a waste management business in London, she has worked tirelessly to improve diversity across the industry and has promoted career development through industry speaking, peer mentoring, and collaborating about the experience and opportunities available to all in the sector.”

Jacqueline said: “I am extremely honoured to be part of the Taskforce to promote and advance this opportunity for change in our industry. When businesses adopt a culture of diversity and inclusion, there are a whole range of benefits that follow including teams that work smarter and are more productive and innovative. Through the STAT group, we hope to encourage diversity by raising awareness and focusing on how the sector can be more inclusive and together, we can make the changes that will help companies succeed.”

Chair of the taskforce, Tracey Worth, who is chief executive of the Institute of Couriers, said: “Millennials often only apply for jobs with companies that have diversity and inclusion policies in place; this means CEO’s and MD’s will need to address this as a culture of inclusion is essential to attract talent to recruit. Jacqueline is a leading example, having implemented a Diversity and Inclusion policy in her own company and I am very pleased to have her experience and considerable knowledge in this workgroup.”