First ever Paraplanners Powwow announced

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Plans to host a teepee-based powwow event to debate the future of the paraplanning profession will go ahead this September, organisers have announced.

Richard Allum confirmed that the Paraplanners Powwow, which is independent of professional bodies, will take place at Upper Aynho Grounds in Northamptonshire on 19 September 2013.

Up to 60 participants will be able to sign-up to take part in the one-day ‘unconference’, with those attending able to congregate with paraplanning peers to contribute to, and listen and learn from, best practice insights spanning the full spectrum of issues, ideas and innovations in UK paraplanning.

Richard explained: “With paraplanning at a professional crossroads, I thought there was room for a forum in which paraplanners could exchange views and ideas about the future shape of our profession in a way that is independent of the agendas of professional bodies.”

“At the heart of the day is the Powwow itself, which will be conducted under Chatham House Rules, and is designed to give paraplanners that opportunity.”

“But we also wanted to create an event that lets participants get stuck in and design their own day. So we’re creating a series of session formats that will give people the chance to listen, to lead and to take part.”

The not-for-profit event is being backed by Legal and GeneralAXA WealthSeven Investment Management and Transact.

Powwow organisers hope to allow participants to determine the topics that will feature in sessions during the day through online voting in advance of the event. Two styles of session – ‘Show and Tell’ and ‘Small Hadron Collider’ – will be entirely determined by voting in advance. In addition to the Powwow itself, the event will host up to two Guru Lectures with speakers due to be confirmed closer to the event.

You can follow news about the Powwow on Twitter at @ParaPowwow. The hashtag for the event is #parapowwow.

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