Board of Directors

We are so grateful for the time, effort and generosity of our Board of Directors.


Maurice graduated in Law in Ireland in 1978 where he practiced for 10 years before coming to Perth in 1988 with his family. In Western Australia he practiced mainly in the areas of Medical Law, Professional Indemnity, Planning and Local Government Law. Maurice was appointed a full time Member of SAT at its inception in January 2005 and in June 2011 he was appointed as a Senior Member.  In addition to his position as Chair of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Maurice is also currently Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, having previously been the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for many years. He is also a past board member of Mercycare and a past Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research on Children’s Environmental Health. Maurice is an accredited mediator with a particular interest in the role of facilitative dispute resolution generally and the application of ethical decision making in the clinical context.


Bourby has the rare combination of business acumen and music knowledge. A graduate of Oxford University in Music, the Royal College of Music in London in music performance (viola), and the University of Western Australia with an MBA, Bourby is passionate about using her commercial experience to connect audiences with music, and give musicians opportunities to share their talent.

Whilst starting life as a professional musician both in classical and contemporary music (she was a founding member of the UK-based electric String Quartet ‘Bond’ signed to Decca Records) she moved to Australia in 2000 to immerse herself in the corporate world with the aim of learning skills to assist other musicians with their careers. Since 2000 she has worked in marketing for the WA Institute of Sport and the Perth International Arts Festival, completed an MBA for which she was awarded the Charles Harper Prize and Director’s letter for academic achievement, worked in business development for Sustainability Pty. Ltd. eventually taking on the role of National Business Development Manager for MWH Global, a firm of consulting engineers.

In 2008 she left employment to set up North Street Consulting and North Street Music, the former generating income to support the latter. North Street Music founded the Perth Symphony Orchestra which first performed in November 2011. Since that date, the orchestra has performed to well over 100,000 people, paid more than $1 million to musicians in performance fees, and commenced a number of incredible initiatives aimed at reaching the largest number of people and engaging WA’s leading performers and artists. The orchestra has grown to employ five people and seven more contractors in addition to over 140 musicians.

Bourby is on the Committee of the Oxford University Society in WA, and lectures business skills to musicians at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She is in demand as a producer, presenter and guest speaker.


Joanne Palmer is a chartered accountant.  She was previously an equity Partner at EY and the head of EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team in Perth, working predominantly in the mining sector assisting both multinational companies, mid-caps and junior explorers with technical accounting, regulatory advice and finance function support services.

Prior to her role in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team, Joanne worked principally in the field of assurance and audit services.  Joanne has over 20 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services on company listings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and has significant experience in auditing the operations of mining companies, particularly those that have international operations.


Dr Alec O’Connell commenced as the 7th Headmaster of Scotch College in June 2011. Before taking on the role of Headmaster at Scotch College, Dr O’Connell was the Assistant Director at the Catholic Education Office of WA where he held the portfolio of People and Organisational Services. He graduated as a teacher in 1982 and since graduating has worked across K-Tertiary, including holding a variety of both teaching and administrative positions.

Alec was the foundation Head and CEO of Trinity at the University of WA and held the positions of the Executive Director, Vice Chancellery and Executive of Academic and Student Services at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He was the WA Chairperson and a member of the National Board of the Australian College of Educators.

Alec is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Institute of Management and the National Association of University Colleges and Halls and a Life Member of Trinity Residential College at the University of Western Australia.

Alec has a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia where he investigated the concept of Values Congruence and its effect on Organisational Commitment.  He also holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor and Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Language Studies and Diploma Royal Society of Arts London.  He has provided a number of guest lectures on the topic of Leadership and Values

He currently is a member of the Board of Kidsafe Western Australia, the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Committee and has recently been appointed to the Forrest Foundation Committee of the University of Western Australia.


Simon had his own financial advisory firm Keysbrook Financial Services from 1995 to 2008. He sold the firm into Shadforth Financial Group in 2008 and stayed on as State Manager of the merged group for 3 years.

After that, Simon formed Aberfoyle Partners in 2011, a small consulting and business development firm.  Aberfoyle Partners has contracts with a few listed companies (including Peet and Co. and Euroz) as well as a number of private firms.

Simon has been involved with the Board of Kidsafe WA for 8 years and currently holds the position of Chairman. He also sits on the Board of Westoz Funds Management and was previously Treasurer of the MS Society of WA for approximately 7 years. Simon has previously been on the Board of Shadforth Financial Group. The group was listed on the ASX prior to be taken over by IOOF Holdings Limited.


Suzanne Ardagh manages the International Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a not-for-profit membership organisation providing leadership on director issues and promoting excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact on the economy and society. It has with over 35,000 members worldwide, including over 1000 international members.

Commencing her career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she completed postings in Vienna and Mexico City. She has worked in corporate affairs, marketing and communications and spent five years in Vietnam working in the international tertiary education sector and served as Chair of the Charitable Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne is on the Board of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Cancer Council (WA) and she is on the Advisory Board of the Asia Business Centre of Curtin University.

Previously Suzanne served on the Board of the contemporary arts organizations IASKA, and Musica Viva. She was also on the board of the international NGO, Opportunity International, a mico-finance provider to solutions to impoverished communities in South East Asia, and Ready to Work – a not-for-profit organisation which helps disadvantaged women re-engage in the workforce.



Born in Ireland, I grew up with a massive interest in arts and culture; my passion for music has often been at the forefront of my hobbies. As a Director of Donald Cant Watts Corke, and a member of their senior leadership team in Western Australia, I am reminded on a daily basis of the challenges that exist in society – particularly through my work in strategic planning and management. With a breadth of experience around inspiring stakeholders and overseeing complex projects as part of my professional career, it will be a rewarding change to utilise these skills to assist the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) at the Board level.

Through my career experience and unique breadth of skills, I hope to be a valuable member of the PSO Board, and help our state’s best classical music group take their success into the next decade and beyond. I love the challenge of creative problem solving, design thinking, and collaboration with our teams to deliver successful outcomes and replenish communities.