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The responsibility for the administration and activities of the Guild rests with the Master and Wardens, who hold office for one year, and the Court of Assistants (including Past Masters and Assistants) who together form the Court of Assistants.
Overall responsibility for running the Guild's affairs is vested in the Court of Assistants, which comprises 22 members who are appointed for life and 11 members who are appointed triennally.
The Court is effectively the Board of Directors of the Company. It meets 5 times a year, and on other occasions if required.
The Court of Assistants has set up a number of Committees to attend to the detailed affairs of the Guild:
- The Past Masters' Committee is responsible for defining the Guild's policies and for providing medium and long term strategic direction.
- The Court Nominations' Sub Committee is appointed by the Past Masters' Committee and reports to that committee. It is responsible for recommending Guild members for election to serve on the Court, and Court members to fill the appointments of Master and Wardens. It is also responsible for making recommendations regarding the appointment of Guild employees.
- The Finance Committee is responsible for the Guild's financial affairs.
- The Investment Sub Committee is appointed by the Finance Committee to look after the Guild's investments and reserves.
- The Entertainment Committee is responsible for planning the Guild's programme of events.
- The Editorial Committee is responsible for the publication of the Guild's annual journal 'The Freeman'.
- The Advertising Committee is responsible for securing advertising to support the Guild's publications.
- The Centenary Planning Committee is responsible for all planning and preparations associated with the Guild's centenary celebrations in 2008.
- The Regalia and Treasures Committee is responsible for the Guild's regalia and treasures.
Drawing on the recommendations of the Past Masters' Committee, the Court of Assistants also appoints members of the Court to serve as Trustees to the Guild's Benevolent Fund and to the British Humane Association.