Bourby Webster | MBA, BA Hons (Oxon), PGDip Perf. (RCM)
Bourby Webster is a violist, entrepreneur, educator, presenter, and producer. She has over 15 years’ commercial experience working in professional services firms in Business Development roles, but in 2011 left employment to become the Founder and CEO of Perth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra that breaks the rules and has a mission of ‘Music for Everyone’.
Since Perth Symphony’s launch in 2011, PSO has performed to nearly 200,000 people in locations from Karratha to Kwinana, playing Vivaldi to Nirvana. As one of Australia’s fastest growing major arts companies, now turning over more than $1.5m per year, the orchestra has developed a new business model, diversifying income streams, to be able to grow rapidly without any government funding, reaching new audiences.
Bourby has a music degree from Oxford University, is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, has an MBA from UWA, and has been a winner of a 40 Under 40 award for Entrepreneurs and a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards and WA of the Year Awards. She also lectures at WAAPA and was formerly a medal-winning, international-level coxswain and was the first female coxswain in 106 years of the WA Kings Cup Rowing Crew in 2002.