The 25th annual National Courier Awards was held last week in London at a ceremony celebrating excellence in the logistics and delivery sector and saw Jacqueline O’Donovan honoured with a prestigious award on the night.
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 event, celebrating the silver anniversary, hosted a very special guest with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in attendance to congratulate the winners in person recognising the key worker and critical infrastructure status of the sector.
Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste, a sustainable business operating 100 lorries in London, was honoured with a special award recognising her continuous work during the pandemic in prioritising staff wellbeing and promoting covid safety within the workforce and the wider business sector. The ‘David Jamieson’ award was presented to her by DEFRA minister Jo Churchill MP. The awards are arbitrated by an independent panel of judges who recognise the best of the industry and 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 commented: “Jacqui is an inspirational leader for her initiatives that assist workers in our sector and for road safety.” Jacqueline 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.
Jacqueline said, “ 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.”