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





    Danielle was very friendly and included content to keep the training interesting. Training was well paced and easy to follow. The workshop included lots of practical exercises.
     Local Council
    The combination of knowledge and the practical case was very helpful. Also I understand better about the definition of Financial Modelling and what it entails.
     Construction Industry
    The workshop was very practical and hands on which I loved. It went at the right speed and was flexible to cover different topics of interest. Great training course and I highly recommend.
     Head of Operations & Analytics, Accounting Industry
    I really enjoyed my journey into financial modelling with you. The contents of the course were consistent and complete. I will really recommend these courses 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 ste... Read More
     Mining industry
    Danielle used a way to integrate the Excel skill with practical cases/concepts, which I liked a lot. Great Workshop!
     Marketing Officer, Accounting Industry
    I really liked the opportunity to build a 3 way model, the technical aspects of the course were great also.Instructions were clear and pace was good.
     Manager, Financial Reporting & Compliance -Electrical and Gas Industry
    Easy to understand and very helpful to my work. It was an awesome training course in regards to dashboard reporting as it enhanced my Excel skill in terms of simplified in financial reporting.
     Infrastructure Industry
    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