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‘Fleet industry gentlemen’ Tom Madden dies

‘Fleet industry gentlemen’ Tom Madden dies

Vehicle remarketing giant BCA has announced the death of Tom Madden, former director, customer affairs.

He passed away peacefully on Monday, 29 October, following a lengthy illness, leaving his wife Christine, children Katherine and John and four grandchildren.

Mr Madden held a number of sales and customer facing roles over 30 years with BCA, retiring in July 2006. As a member of BCA’s senior management team, he was a well-known and much respected motor industry figure and regularly addressed audiences representing fleet managers, manufacturers, motor dealers, finance and leasing experts and the press, both in the UK and Europe, the company said in a statement.

He was a passionate supporter of charitable causes and was a founding director of the Wooden Spoon Society. He was also a founder and chairman of the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM) and a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.

ICFM said in a statement: “Tom’s passing was not sudden or unexpected as he had been unwell over the past two years, but, nonetheless, everyone at ICFM was saddened to hear the news.”

He was the second chairman of ICFM serving from 1995 until 2006. Under Tom’s tutelage, ICFM, said the statement, went “from strength-to-strength, which was no doubt influenced by his unique blend of old school determination, coupled with charm and business gravitas”.

ICFM director Peter Eldridge, who served alongside Mr Madden on at the board, said: “I was saddened to hear of the death of Tom, a true gentleman of the fleet industry and I have great memories of working alongside him during his 11-year stint as ICFM chairman.

“In particular, I will always cherish his wonderful command of the English language, which was at its peak when delivering his ‘state of the nation’ speeches at ICFM’s Annual Conferences, in the way that only Tom could carry it off - calmly and with great dignity.

“He retired some years ago not only from ICFM but also from a lengthy vehicle remarketing career at BCA, and will be greatly missed. He left his mark on the fleet industry in general and the ICFM in particular.”