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





    Danielle presents in an informative and comprehensive manner. The presentation was outstanding – informative and inclusive. Thoroughly enjoyed the course, I will need to look at others! Dashboard Reporting in Modern Excel (Online and Live) Workshop, June 2020
    Mathew Anderson Finance Manager - NFP sector
    Mathew Anderson
    Hi, Just would like to say a BIG thanking for offering the amazing FMI Level 1 preparatory course. I don’t think I would be able to complete the FMI exam with so much confidence hadn’t I not doing this course with Danielle. I have absolutely enjoyed learning how to build a easy yet power... Read More
    Financial Analyst Education Industry
    Financial Analyst
    The course was able to relate complicated issues in a simple and straight forward manner.There was an allure that learning was minimal when in fact the opposite was happening. Online Financial Modelling Bundle (with Books), June 2020
     Financial Reporting in the Horticulture Industry
    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... Read More
    Mat Anderson Senior Accountant, Government Department
    Mat Anderson
    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
    I improved my Excel skills regarding to how I can build a Dashboard for my data. Danielle is very smart and empowered with the explanation of the course. Dashboard Reporting in Modern Excel (Online and Live) Workshop, June 2020
    Ahmed Ataih Alghamdi MOD- Planning Specialist
    Ahmed Ataih Alghamdi
    The workshop was customised to our specific needs. Danielle always made sure to check if the material was relevant to us. The presenter was friendly. The workshop was easy to follow and varied the pace.
     Finance Professional