About Plum Solutions

Based in Sydney, Australia, Plum Solutions has been providing professional financial modelling solutions since 2004. The business is based on core principles of honesty, integrity, accuracy and professional conduct.

Why choose Plum Solutions

Plum Solutions specialises in financial modelling – that’s all we do!

With over fourteen years experience in financial modelling and analysis experience in a range of industries – chances are we’ve seen your problem before!


You can engage us for as long or as short as you like; perfect for those ad hoc projects.

You’ll find our rates very competitive, particularly compared to hiring an in-house analyst.

From a simple formula fix to redesigning an inherited model, we’ll get a model working to suit your needs.

Danielle Stein Fairhurst

Danielle Stein Fairhurst

Principal Consultant


Danielle Stein Fairhurst is a financial modelling and analysis specialist. She is the author of “Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling”, Third Edition published by Wiley Finance 2019 and “Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies” published by Wiley in 2017. In 2021 she was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. With over 20 years’ experience as a financial analyst, she helps her clients create meaningful financial models in the form of business cases, pricing models and management reports. She has hands-on experience in a number of industry sectors, including telecoms, information systems, manufacturing and financial services.

Danielle has regular engagements around Australia and globally as a speaker, course facilitator, financial modelling consultant and analyst, was a guest on Excel TV and has been interviewed for several industry podcasts. She was on the judging panel for the 2020 Financial Modelling Innovation Awards. She founded the Financial Modellers’ Meetup groups which now has over 5,000 members in seven countries as well as a LinkedIn forum with over 50,000 members. An advocate for women in finance, she was on the Diversity Council for the ModelOff Financial Modeling World Championships and founded the Women in Financial Modelling online community. She is a Chartered Financial Modeler (FMI) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and has taught management accounting subjects at Sydney University.



  • Chartered Financial Modeler (CFM, FMI)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA, MGSM)
  • Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (CDAF, ACCA)
  • Bachelor of International Business Relations (BaIBR, GU)
Susan Wilkin

Susan Wilkin

Office Manager

Susan arranges and co-ordinates all of the Plum Solutions workshops, deals with all administration issues and assists with any enquiries. Susan joined Plum Solutions in 2009 and has over 20 years experience in office administration, office management, personal assistance and team training coordination roles for a variety of industries.  Her experience, friendly disposition and strong work ethic make her a key part of our organisation in assisting with your enquiries.

She can be contacted on info @ plumsolutions dot com dot au or talk to her through Live Chat.

    Plum Solutions Clients

    Past and current clients include SMEs and major corporations in the following industries:


    Wealth Management








    Life Insurance


    Call Centres


    Private Investment


    Mortgage Broking


    Financial Services





    I learnt many new things and the whole session was pretty interactive.
    I would suggest to walkthrough/perform the entire transformation, visualization and story telling for a company to connect all the dots together.

    Full of life. G

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     Financial Industry

    I really enjoyed Danielle’s warm, engaging presentation style and her obvious expertise with the training material. I also loved the fact it could be taken as a live, online course – something that would not have been accessible to me had it been an in-house workshop. I had been followi


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    Danielle Cheek Chartered Accountant, Accounting Industry
    Danielle Cheek

    I recently attended the Dashboard Reporting in Modern Excel course run by Danielle of Plum Solutions. It was an outstanding course with relevant and dynamic content, tips and shortcuts to creating interesting and informative dashboards. I highly recommend the courses from Danielle of Plum Soluti...

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    Mat Anderson Senior Accountant, Government Department
    Mat Anderson
    I liked moving between theory and practical. Danielle takes time to get to know participants and adapts course to suit their needs. Thanks for a great course, I got a lot out of it! 🙂 Dashboard Reporting in Modern Excel (Online and Live) Workshop, June 2020
    Jessica D'Souza  Public Sector
    Jessica D'Souza

    I liked the combo of theory with practical activities. And the follow up on questions etcetera. But also the returning one-on-one. Because now you are going to put into practise what you have learnt, and for sure you bump into issues, etcetera. So nice to be able to have a one on one to talk this th...

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    Finance Professional,  Netherlands
    Finance Professional,
    Danielle uses various communication methods to keep us engaged. She uses credible sources for her course. Danielle is very engaging, polite and professional. Her vast knowledge of Excel is evident and I love the way she tries to apply Excel to our specific work situations!
     Head of Investments / Non Profit
    The course covered a wide range of topics related to Excel data processing and modelling. The afternoon case study was useful to practise items we went through during the day. Danielle is a great presenter and her class is very accommodating to students questions and the content is interesting.
     Associate, Asset Management
    The training exercise and the instructor were very helpful and the instructor’s way of teaching was effective and understandable. Data Visualization and Dashboards in Excel, September 2021
     Abu Dhabi, Finance & Investments