When I joined IDC, Rod was one of the first people I met. We clicked straight away. One reason was that we were both Welsh. Another reason was that Rod clicked straight away with pretty much everyone. A third was that as colleagues, we complemented each other nicely: I knew about telecoms but I had no commercial radar at all; Rod loved learning about telecoms and he had the best commercial radar in the company. I liked him and I respected him. We worked closely together for several years, until he moved on from telecoms research sales, and it was an absolute joy. Shocking that Rod’s been taken from us so young. I can’t process it. He leaves a big, big space behind.