• October 22, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The life of a professional financial modeller is pure joy, until those pesky humans get in the way with their ridiculous demands. Many of us get into the game because of our love for creating rock-solid logic in the beautiful blank canvas that is Microsoft Excel. However, we quickly discover that our art is corrupted by clients with outrageous deadlines who don’t actually know what they need (they just know it has to be in a spreadsheet). “This should be easy” is their catch-cry, yet not easy enough to do themselves. In this talk, professional financial modeller Nathan McLean will share his experiences over the last 10 years of building financial models for troublesome clients, and impart the wisdom he has gained about how to best handle those tricky characters.

• About your Speaker
Nathan McLean cut his teeth in the world of financial modelling at KPMG, before jumping ship to PwC to do pretty much the same thing (just for different overlords). He then co-founded ClayMatter, a boutique financial modelling house providing build, audit and training services. These days Nathan spends his time freelancing for a carefully curated set of clients who spark joy. Nathan has been an Adjunct Professor at UNSW since 2013, teaching financial modelling to energetic MBA students at the Australian Graduate School of Management. In the (very few) moments where he is not building financial models, he is most likely thinking about them. Connect with Nathan here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanmclean/

• About your Host
Danielle Stein Fairhurst is a financial modelling specialist and the author of three books on financial modelling. 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. Connect with Danielle here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellesteinfairhurst/

• What to bring
A laptop is not required for this session

• Meetup Format
We start the sessions with around 30 minutes of networking, a 45 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and discussion and conclude by 7.30 or 8pm.
This is a networking discussion group so be sure to find someone to chat to before the session begins. If you’re new and not sure what to say, just ask someone what their favourite Excel function is and you’ll fit right in!