CFP Professional of the Yearcfp professional award winner

This award was first launched in 2014, with Keri Carter CFPTM of Broadway Financial Planning being the first ever UK CFPTM Professional of the Year. 

This award seeks to recognise the CFPTM professional who can demonstrate strong technical knowledge along with outstanding Financial Planning and communication skills. It's open to CFPTM professionals only.

About the award

To enter, you'll need to be a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional who is currently practising within a UK based Financial Planning firm. Your entry can be classed as structured CPD. 

The competition seeks to identify the CFP professional who can demonstrate the best combination of strong technical knowledge along with outstanding Financial Planning and communication skills.

Entries must be completed by 5pm on 15 August 2016.

The winner will receive a range of great prizes, including access to Wizard Learning’s structured CPD system for 12 months and online exam support and a place at the CISI Financial Planning Annual Conference.


Award opens for registrations: 16 May 2016
Registration deadline  5pm 8 August 2016
Technical assessment and redacted Financial Plan deadline: 5pm Friday 15 August 2016
Shortlisted entrants to be notified End August 2016
Face to face interviews First two weeks in September 2016 - specific date TBC
Judges' decision announced CISI Gala Awards Dinner, Tuesday 4 October 2016

Why you should apply?

Being the winner of the CFPTM Professional of the Year Award will bring not only deserved recognition and kudos within the profession, but also a valuable range of prizes too.

The prizes for the winner of the CFP Professional of the Year 2016 competition are:

  • Registration and a full pass to attend the CISI Financial Planning Annual Conference, 3-5 October 2016. If the winner has already booked their place for 2016, the free place will be carried over to the 2017 conference
  • Hotel accommodation for the nights of 3 and 4 October 2016. As above, if the winner has already booked accommodation for 2016, the accommodation will be carried forward to the 2017 event.
  • Access to Wizard Learning’s structured CPD system for 12 months plus online exam support for 3 years.
  • The CFP Professional of the Year Trophy
  • A certificate to evidence your success in winning the award
  • Use of the CFP Professional of the Year Logo for marketing materials

Past winners include:

  • 2015: William Pratt CFPTM Chartered MCSI, Paradigm Norton Financial Planning
  • 2014: Keri Carter, CFPTM Chartered MCSI, Broadway Financial Planning

How to enter

There are 4 parts to entering the award, three are compulsory for all candidates and the fourth is only for shortlisted finalists:

  1. Register your interest with the CISI by completing the online registration form. The CISI will then send you a link to complete the online technical test within five working days. The test must be completed by 15 August 2016.
  2. Complete the technical assessment which is conducted online and live. Once you've registered, your link to the  test will be sent to you by email. The test is time constrained so you'll need to work quickly and methodically to avoid running out of time. 
  3. Submit a redacted Financial Plan which you have produced for a client in the last 12 months and have declared is all your own work. Email your plan to or send by post to Francisca Manzoeto, Events Executive, Member Services, CISI, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY. Closing date for receipt of your financial plan is 15 August 2016
  4. For shortlisted finalists only - a face to face interview with the judging panel in September.

Time spent in doing the test and working on the financial plan for the award is classed as structured CPD. The winner will be revealed at the glittering awards dinner to be held during the CISI Financial Planning Annual Conference in October. 


  • Registrations for the 2016 CFPTM Professional of the Year Award are being accepted from 18 May to 17:00 on 17 June 2016. All entries must be fully completed.
  • Applicants must be CFP professionals who are currently practising in a UK-based Financial Planning firm.

Judging Process

The process for entries and for the judging of the Award is as follows:

Stage 1:
All entrants must pre-register their details with the CISI. Following registration with the CISI, the CISI will confirm that the individual is a registered CFP professional and will forward the link to the online test within 5 working days in order for them to complete the Wizard Learning technical assessment online.. It must be completed live online and is designed to test the entrant's skill in core Financial Planning tasks. You must register your intent to enter by 8 August at the latest.
Stage 2:
A redacted Financial Plan which the applicant declares is his/her own work, and which has been produced within the last twelve months for a client, must be submitted to the CISI. Names and addresses of the client must be removed. The plan can be submitted as a hard copy by post to Francisca Manzoeto, Events Executive, Member Services, CISI, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY or by email to or both. There is no restriction or limit to the word count.
Stage 3:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview  with the judges in London, which will take place in early September 2016. Marks will be awarded for each stage and the CFP Professional of the Year will be the individual with the highest score. The winner will be announced at the CISI Financial Planning Annual Conference in October 2016.

There are two judges

Rebecca Taylor CFPTM Chartered FCSI

CISI Board Director and Managing Director, Aurea Financial Planning

Ian Howe CFPTM Chartered MCSI

Managing Director, Baigrie Davies
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If you have any enquiries regarding the CFP award, please email