Others may say more today than I can about Bleddyn's towering contribution to the users of the personal social services and their carers, about the importance of evidence-based decision-making and the needs/resources relationship. I want in these celebratory remarks of a remarkable career to reflect briefly on Bleddyn himself and then to comment on what I know best, the undervalued art and science of implementation without which no service would be delivered no matter how well conceived. Not undervalued by Bleddyn, you understand; Bleddyn, unusually perhaps, has always given a high priority to issues of implementation.