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Friday March 26th, 2021

Dear ANCA members,

The Australian National Choral Association would like to update our members on our current situation in regard to allegations made against ANCA.

Despite a cease and desist being issued to Mr de Villiers, communications have continued. The National Council would like to assure our members that we are doing what we can to protect the members of the association and that we are taking action where possible.

We continue to self declare where possible or required to do so. We also welcome investigation by any of the external bodies that Mr de Villiers claims to have reported to. We are confident that there are no irregularities and that the allegations are unsubstantiated. We will work with authorities on these matters if required and will provide any documentation requested by these authorities.

Australian National Choral Association has no relationship with any of the other entities listed who happen to share the acronym of ANCA. There have been no payments made, no direct collaboration with each other and board members do not cross over. National Council was not aware of the existence of these entities until the allegation of a scheme was brought forward.

The National Council have acted, and continues to act in good faith in their duties and have never taken or received a financial benefit outside of the constitution. Some members (past and present) have at times held paid positions which was approved by National Council in line with the constitution or have been reimbursed for true expenses, as also allowed within the constitution. The Australian National Choral Association have made no payments to any party in the manner being claimed in the allegations.

National Council would also like to remind our members that as an Association we are audited annually and that these financial statements are tabled at each AGM and available for members to review.

ANCA is continuing our discussions with our legal team and will follow the advice given.

While these issues have been unpleasant to deal with, our Association will continue the good work we have delivered for 30 years and will continue to act on behalf of our members.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

ANCA National President

ABRN 097 629 448 ABN 84 529 930 920

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHORAL ASSOCIATION INC


Friday February 12th, 2021

Dear ANCA members,

We write about recent allegations aired by the former Co-opted Chair Guy de Villiers about the probity of ANCA National Council operations.

ANCA National Council express disappointment regarding the inappropriate manner in which these allegations have been shared. We do not believe any of these allegations to be true. Nevertheless, we will be thoroughly investigating these matters in accordance with complaint procedures in the ANCA Constitution.

We remind you that Mr de Villiers resigned from National Council, February 10th at 7:29pm AEDT, so is no longer an office bearer or member on the ANCA National Council. The NSW/ACT Chapter Committee has also confirmed that Mr de Villiers has not been authorised to send any communication on behalf of that Committee. Therefore, any communications he sends after that time are not sanctioned by National Council and are communication from Mr de Villiers personally as an ANCA member. We understand each members’ expectation of privacy and for some of you the emails sent by this member over the last week have been unwelcome. National Council has asked Mr de Villiers to refrain from sending further material in breach of our constitution. If you are personally aggrieved by receiving this material, would you please contact the National Council complaints email (complaints@anca.org.au) in writing or seek independent advice. You may also wish to block the sender’s email addresses.

We confirm that ANCA will not be holding a special general meeting on February 14th, 4:30pm AEDT. The National Council has not called any meeting and has not received any member requisition to hold one in accordance with our constitution.

We assure you that proper governance is fundamentally important to all current members of National Council, and we continue to act in good faith according to the ANCA constitution and are accountable to you the Members.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

ANCA National President

ABRN 097 629 448 ABN 84 529 930 920

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHORAL ASSOCIATION INC

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