The administration and operation of the Guild is democratically determined by its 4,100 members (The actual total of persons involved in the business is considerably higher as the membership lists only heads of families.) Forming the base of the Guild’s structure is a system of ten regional sections covering the whole of Great Britain.
Each section is run by a committee of members, elected annually by secret ballot. The ten sections have their own offices, each managed by a paid staff of officials. Four members from each section committee are appointed to serve on the Central Council, the national governing body of the Guild. In addition to the section delegates, the Central Council includes the six officials of the Guild, all past presidents and the Guild’s legal consultant.