‘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
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.”