While finance is intrinsic to business, it’s an area many of us feel uneasy about. Even for the most accomplished professionals, finance isn’t always second nature. From cashflow forecasts to capital investment, it can seem like a foreign language – one that’s difficult to translate, let alone speak fluently.



We provide practical finance services and training for people working across all sectors, and at all levels – from CEOs to small business owners. Developed by former CEO, CFO and Chartered Accountant David Thomas, our finance solutions are grounded firmly in the ‘real world’. Rather than get caught up in acronyms and technical terminology, we focus on making finance make sense – and empowering people with practical skills and techniques they can apply right away.


An injection of finance know-how can make more of a difference than you may even realise. Once you feel confident on the finance front, you’ll be empowered to make better business decisions and enjoy more sustainable success. From landing a C-suite role to business turnaround, we help make it possible. So you can make it happen.


David Thomas




Figure 8 was the brainchild of David Thomas, a former senior executive and Chartered Accountant. David’s career began at KPMG and then Deloitte, where he spent over ten years before moving into the advertising and media sector, then retail banking as a CFO and CEO. Along the way David added to his skillset and qualifications by attaining an Executive Master of Business Administration with a marketing specialty. He has also been actively involved with a prominent charity, firstly as a Board member and subsequently as acting CEO.


Through his diverse and extensive experience, David has gained a unique perspective on finance – in particular, how it compounds overall business performance. He firmly believes that all professional people can benefit from understanding the fundamentals of finance, even (or especially) if they aren’t in a finance role. This is why David established Figure 8 as a platform from which to deliver strategic solutions, including short courses, coaching and CFO-on-call services.


With his passion for communication, education, motivation and mentoring, David takes a very personal approach to his work with Figure 8. For him, it’s all about helping business people become more capable and confident in their finance abilities – and in turn, achieving better outcomes in business and life.


We believe that many operational finance tasks and decisions are unnecessarily complicated and can seem beyond the reach to those without specialist financial qualifications and experience.


Our mission is to provide the solutions so that you can confidently address these business puzzles. We aim to equip you with the tools, techniques & knowledge to answer multi dimensional operational financial tasks and initiatives without the need for costly specialist help.


Whether you operate a growing small business requiring additional tips and tricks to move to the next level or are an aspiring executive in need of finance skills to round out your toolkit, Figure 8 will help you attain that level of commercial financial literacy to allow you to move to the next level with clarity and confidence.

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David Thomas brings clarity and simplicity to financial and accounting concepts. His coaching has given me the skills and confidence to do the same in project based work and in communications with CEOs and Boards.


Project Director


I am a medium sized business owner who always seems to be working long hours but not showing any money in the bank. David provided a clear picture of how to price my services profitably, improve cash flow and ensure that my business is ready to expand. Thanks, so much David you are fantastic at what you do.


Owner – AOK Property Services


David is a disciplined thinker and an expert facilitator in strategy, problem solving and decision making. He is a skilled diplomat in a team and is able to draw out people’s views to reach sound, credible solutions.


Chair of Lifeline Northern Beaches


I enjoyed using Figure Eight Finance. David was very good at understanding my learning needs and supported me through an important finance project. The assisted learning that he provided enabled me to feel confident when applying key financial management concepts.


Head of Platform Sales – Brightroll

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