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Staff profile: Toni Johnson

Toni Johnson, Business Manager, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, was a successful operatic soprano, and no stranger to treading the boards at the West Australian Opera. Toni also has a facility for business, and is currently whipping the school’s budget into submission. Music is never far from her heart, however, and the jazz bars of New York have particular appeal. Toni is determined to make her way to the Big Apple for a feast of jazz in the future.


Toni Johnson, Business Manager, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.
Toni Johnson, Business Manager, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

Name: Toni Johnson.

Title: School Business Manager.

School: Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

Campus: Bentley.

How long have you worked at Curtin?

Two months.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

The University of Western Australia.

What do you like best about your role?

The opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the school.

Toni Johnson performing in The Magic Flute for the West Australian Opera.
Toni Johnson performing in The Magic Flute for the West Australian Opera.

Why did you choose your current career path?

I love the logical, practical, non-abstract nature of business.

First job?

Waitress.

Worst job?

As above.

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?

The budget. Numbers and more numbers.

Toni Johnson performing in Rigoletto for the West Australian Opera.
Toni Johnson performing in Rigoletto for the West Australian Opera.

Your favourite place in the world and why?

New York, I’ll tell you why after I’ve been but I suspect my sources are right and the jazz bars are everything they’re rumoured to be!

Your favourite cuisine and why?

Italian, what’s not to like!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

If you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice. Prior to my interest in business, and subsequent work in the tertiary education sector, I spent many years performing with West Australian Opera, and other state and interstate companies, as an operatic soprano.