AONT Board and Annual Reports

AONT Board


President    Ruth Quinn

Ruth joined AONT earlier this year after attending a Pain Management Seminar to deal with Osteoarthritis (knees and hip) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (hands).  Hearing there was a vacancy on the Board and having had previous experience on not-for-profit boards, most recently with Healthy Living NT, she expressed interest in joining the Board.  She was initially appointed at the September Board meeting and re-elected at the recent AGM.  Ruth is a retired librarian and has lived in Darwin for 35 years.

Vice President      Aminul Islam FCA

Commissioner for Oaths, MAICD

Amin is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a former partner of Ernst and Young and Merit Partners. He has significant experience in the fields of accounting, auditing, risk management, managing organisations and probity audits. He is a Registered Company Auditor.

Amin also served as a President of the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia in the Northern Territory.

Currently he is working on a voluntary basis on a number of non-profit making entities as a Boards/Committees member. He joined as a board member of Arthritis & Osteoporosis NT in 2020.

Amin has worked in England, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste and Australia. He is a long-term resident of Darwin.

Treasurer/Public Officer     Ruth Garden

Since joining AONT in 1998 Ruth has been involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, as well as serving a stint as Health Educator.  Her interest is helping people make decisions to improve their own management of their health. While now more involved with financial and management issues, manning information stands, facilitating pain management courses and giving presentations, Ruth has also assisted in delivering a wide range of programs, including self-management courses and physical activity sessions, meeting many current and past members along the way.  She first joined the Board in 2006.

Secretary      Hilary Fowler

Hilary was a high school science teacher, retiring in 2008. After suffering osteoarthritis in her knees she got involved as a volunteer with AONT, joining the Board in 2010.

Non-executive Board Members

Lyn Skipper

Lyn is a long term local, having first come to Darwin 1969.  From 1975 she lived in Jabiru, Malak and Batchelor, and the last 27 years in Humpty Doo.  Lyn has a long history of community involvement with Humpty Doo events and both the Freds Pass and Darwin Shows.  In the early 2000’s Lyn also helped out with AONT’s warm water exercise program in Palmerston.

Dr Sami Azam

Dr Sami Azam is a Professor in IT and Course Coordinator in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Charles Darwin University (CDU). With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, his research focused on the detection of hearing disorders caused by otitis media. Dr. Azam’s research interests span multiple disciplines, including IT, Biomedical Engineering, Health Informatics, and cutting-edge Cybersecurity. Recognized for his exceptional contributions, Dr. Azam has been the recipient of numerous prestigious research awards and grants. Boasting over a decade of teaching experience, Dr. Azam has earned several accolades for his outstanding commitment to learning and teaching. He is involved in numerous IT activities at the University and is active in a number of professional organisations. He also provides guidance and support as an advisor to the Bangladesh Student Association – CDU (BSA-CDU) and the Nepalese Association of the Northern Territory (NANT), contributing to the welfare of Bangladeshi and Nepalese communities.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports are prepared for the Annual General Meeting each year to provide an overview of the organisations activities for the previous financial year.

An audited Financial Report is included in the Annual Report.

Annual Report 2023

Annual Report 2022

Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2019



His Honour Professor the Honourable Hugh Heggie PSM Administrator of the NT and Ms Ruth Jones

Vice Patron

Her Honour the Administrator, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO