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 my journey into financial modelling with you. The contents of the course were consistent and complete. I will really recommend these course to my colleagues. The courses took me less then 40 hours to complete mostly because of how well the course is organised. It was a journey st... Read More
     Mining industry
    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 Danielle’s ability to speed up and slow down according to how people were understanding concepts. Very patient and understanding, and adapted a very practical example and showed us how to extend this. The course was absolutely brilliant.
     Technology Industry
    Danielle knows her stuff and imparts with humour; Susan administered excellently. Dashboard Reporting in Modern Excel (Online and Live) Workshop, June 2020
    Jon Spain Charity Organisation
    Jon Spain
    The presenter was engaging and helpful and the information received was useful.
     Local Council
    I just would like to say a BIG thank you 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 had I not done this course with Danielle. I have absolutely enjoyed learning how to build an easy yet powerful mo... Read More
    Finance Analyst Education
    Finance Analyst
    The workshop was a small group and it was easy to ask questions. It was flexible so that some of the subjects changed/expanded to suit for some students (i.e. how to make waterfall chart). The presenter was very welcoming and approachable. Made it easy to ask questions. It was a great course.
     Health Industry
    Good facilitation of workshop. I’m keen to apply the learnings to my role.
     Financial Technology, MYOB