15 September 2016
Paraplanners Powwow: Held in rolling countryside, under open skies, in teepees.

What's it all about?

The Powwow combines a blend of smaller, workshop-style, sessions that run concurrently, as well as larger gatherings for all participants.

Adopting ‘unconference’ principles, Powwow participants will be invited – in advance of the event – to help determine the day’s topics.

Those topics will form the focus of sessions whose formats range from small interactive workshops to the Powwow itself – a gathering of all participants, designed to discuss the future of the profession, and conducted under Chatham House Rules.

Q&A: When, where and how much?

The Powwow’s taking place on 15 September 2016 at Upper Aynho Grounds in Northamptonshire. The start time is 10:00 and registration – including bacon butties for brekkie – is open from 08:30.

Ticket prices are the same as last year (and the year before that and the year before that) at £25 pounds a pop.


Sessions and timetable

This is the running order for this year’s Paraplanners Powwow.

08:30 Register and breakfast
10:00 Session 1
11:00 Session 2
Midday Lunch
13:00 Session 3
14:00 Session 4
15:00 Break
15:30 Session 5
16:30 The Powwow
17:15 Close




We’re really pleased to announce that – for the second year running – the FCA’s Rory Percival will join paraplanners at the national Powwow as its Guru speaker in the afternoon on 15 September 2016.

What’s more it could be the last chance for paraplanners to hear – first hand – the FCA’s popular technical specialist offer the regulator’s perspective on financial planning issues.

That’s because Rory recently confirmed that he would be leaving the FCA in November.


POWWOW sessions

Building on their popularity at the last two years’ events, we’ve upped the number of ‘pick n mix’ sessions for Powwowers to choose from.

Topics will range from dealing with the media and building your own profile to communication and gamification of reporting and cash-flow forecasting; from top tips about defined benefits scheme transfers to a compliance Q&A campfire covering the latest issues in regulation

There will be a number of Powwow guests – who will be either hosting or contributing to the day’s choice of sessions – including Compliance and Training Solutions’ Mel Holman, Professional Paraplanner editor Rob Kingsbury, Etch UK’s design psychologist Paul Davies, Preciousbluedot’s Lee Musgrave and Mark Betteridge, and Jones Sheridan’s Benjamin Fabi.

The day concludes with the Powwow itself – a 45-minute open discussion about topics voted for during the day by Powwow participants.


Staying over?

If you’re thinking of staying overnight before the Powwow, we’ve arranged special rates at The Cartwright Hotel in Aynho and its sister hotel, the Deddington Arms Hotel, in (funnily enough) nearby Deddington for the evening of 14 September 2016. (Important: the Deddington Arms Hotel is only able to offer a dinner, bed and breakfast rate this year.)

But, beware, these rates are only available for bookings made up until and including 14 August 2016. After that, usual rates will apply.

To make sure you secure the special rate, you’ll need to book your room by phone using a special code. The code is included in the confirmation email that you’ll receive when you book your ticket.


The ‘Just for one please’ deal

Package Price Room
Dinner, bed and breakfast £95 Standard double
Dinner, bed and breakfast £105 Executive single
Dinner and bed £85 Standard single room
Dinner and bed £95 Executive single room


The ‘Two people but not like that’ rate

Package Price Room
Dinner, bed and breakfast £138 Executive or twin double
Dinner and bed £118 Executive double room


If hotels in picturesque Northants and Oxfordshire villages don’t appeal, there is always the Travelodge at Cherwell Valley Services, which is 10 minutes from Upper Aynho Grounds, and a Holiday Inn Express close to Junction 11 in Banbury.



We expect to host a Powwow dinner – or ‘Chowwow’ – on the evening of 14 September 2016 at The Cartwright Hotel in Aynho. When you book your place at the Powwow you’ll be asked to let us know if you’d be interested in joining the Chowwow. If you are, just let us know, and we’ll be in touch with more details closer to the event.

(PS The cost of the Chowwow is covered if your hotel room booking includes dinner.)


Not a paraplanner or administrator? the powwow’s not for you!

Powwows are created by paraplanners for outsourced and in-house paraplanners and administrators. If you do neither of these things for a living then – unless you’re a Powwow supporter or guest – then the the Powwow’s not for you.



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