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 (MBA) has many years’ experience as a financial analyst.  She is the author of “Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling“, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2019.   With her talent for financial modelling and professional approach, she helps her clients create meaningful financial models in the forms 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 is regularly engaged as a speaker, course facilitator, financial modelling consultant and analyst. She runs regular training seminars around Australia and globally, and her custom built training courses have been described by attendees as well-presented, neatly structured, informative, practical, and extremely relevant to their everyday needs. She is available for presentations, workshops, training courses, lectures and seminars. Topics include Financial Modelling in Excel, Budgeting & Forecasting and Data Analysis & Reporting.

She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and has taught management accounting subjects at Sydney University. Danielle lives in Sydney with her husband and two children, and enjoys the challenge of balancing a healthy family lifestyle with her passion for business.


  • Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM FMI)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA MGSM)
  • Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA UK)
  • Bachelor of International Business Relations (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 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... Read More
    Danielle Cheek Chartered Accountant, Accounting Industry
    Danielle Cheek
    Danielle used a way to integrate the Excel skill with practical cases/concepts, which I liked a lot. Great Workshop!
     Marketing Officer, Accounting Industry
    In part it refreshed my skills and reminded me of some things I had forgotten. Good structure building through examples. Great introduction to Power BI – I feel more likely now to be able to progress setting up monthly reports in Power BI and export to pdf for distribution. Dashboard Report... Read More
    Senior Management Accountant l Queensland Children's Health Health Sector
    Senior Management Accountant l  Queensland Children's Health
    I had the pleasure of attending a course on Modern Dashboarding hosted by Danielle & team. The course covered the latest Dashboard presentations, using Power BI and some of the latest Excel functions. Structured over 3 half days & very professionally run and interesting with proper workshops... Read More
    Sam Sammour Commercial Finance Business Partner
    Sam Sammour
    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
    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 really liked the course overall. I took some Excel courses in the past, but the advanced ones were too basic for me. From lesson 1, on Excel versions, I could see I was going to learn something this time: someone did all the Excel studying for me and already highlighted the useful stuff!
     Shipping Industry, Italy
    The course offered practical examples of techniques and formulas that will be very helpful in the context of financial modelling.
     Investment Banking