Shona Rowan is an inspirational speaker, high-performance coach, and author of the book – The Psychology of Successful Women.  Shona works with global companies to build inclusive high-performing teams, grow leadership and management capability, and to support, develop and retain their female staff via practical workshops, inspirational events and The Career and Success Acceleration Program. 

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On this month’s episode of The Psychology of Successful Women Podcast - I had a really fun and engaging conversation with Bourby Webster. Bourby Webster is a CEO, innovator, violist, entrepreneur, educator, presenter, and producer. 

We had a great conversation about:  

  • Her inspirational career journey and lifelong passion with music  
  • Her role as CEO and founder of the Perth Symphony Orchestra 
  • What success means to her at this point in her career 
  • Personal advice and suggestions for dealing with challenges, setbacks, nerves and stage fright   
  • The importance of being brave, believing in yourself and so much more…. 

About Bourby Webster:

Bourby Webster
Founder, Perth Symphony Orchestra

Bourby is the Founder and former CEO of Perth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra that makes the rules and has a mission of ‘Music for Everyone’. 

Founded in 2011, the orchestra was created by Bourby with an ambition to reach a massive new audience in WA. She also passionately wished to find a way to retain talent in WA, creating jobs for, and showcasing, WA’s incredible musicians. 

Since Perth Symphony’s launch in 2011, it has performed to more than 100 people per year in locations from Karratha to Kwinana, in spaces from car parks to warehouses, playing Vivaldi to Nirvana. Perth Symphony regularly gives work to 150 musicians a year also creating pathways into professional careers for WA’s aspiring younger musicians. Perth Symphony’s Education and Community programs have reached 20,000+ children, and seen remarkable collaborations with aboriginal poets, VJs, actors, dancers and partnerships with numerous organisations across WA. The orchestra is redefining the perception of a symphony for the 21st Symphony with its ground-breaking business model and artistic program. The Women on the Podium program Bourby created in 2019 is unique in the Southern Hemisphere and is developing female conductors, currently only 5% of the global conducting faculty. 

In 2017 Bourby created the Arts Leaders Collective to support leaders of new arts companies and is passionate about supporting women in the arts. 

Bourby has an MA in music from Oxford University, is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and has an MBA from UWA. In 2022 she was named in Business News’ Power 500 list, and has been a winner of a Business News 40 Under 40 award for Entrepreneurs and a finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards (WA).  

In 2019 she was named Western Australian of the Year (Arts & Culture). 

She was a founding member of the UK-based electric string quartet ‘bond’ signed to Decca Records. She is a medal-winning, international-level coxswain and was the first female coxswain in 106 years of the WA Kings Cup State Rowing Crew in 2002. 

Connect with Bourby here: 


Perth Symphony Orchestra – 

The song mentioned was Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell. 

The book was IKIGAI