Peter Johnston born in Dwellingup in Western Australia as a country student , attended Bunbury and Manjimup High Schools where he completed his secondary education. He obtained his accounting degree at Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
For short period he was a cadet journalist with newspapers in Manjimup, Bunbury and Mandurah. He then joined the Bunnings Ltd. group in 1968. He was employed as Group Chief Accountant and then company secretary until it was taken over by Wesfarmers Ltd. He was appointed company secretary of Wesfarmers and its major operating subsidiaries until he retired.
At Wesfarmers he was chairman of a Due Diligence Committee and was instrumental in the formation of the ASX listed Bunnings Warehouse Property Trust of which he was a director. He retired in 2014.
Peter has been actively involved as a volunteer with the Benedictine Community at New Norcia from 2000, assisting in the management of its business activities. He remains a director of the New Norcia company that controls the business activities of the historic monastic township.
As an active member of the Catenian Association in Western Australian, Peter has a vital interest in the objects of the Catenian Charity Inc. and implementing its role in providing financial support to students striving to pursue their careers.
Peter is the editor of the Catenian magazine the “Western Link” wehere his work is invaluable.