Since 1985 CHE has been run entirely by volunteers, so the effectiveness of its work depends on how many people join and take an active part in campaigning.
CHE's Annual Conference is the supreme governing body of CHE. All members are entitled to attend, and all affiliated organisations are entitled to be represented.
The Executive Committee, elected by the membership, is responsible for the day-to-day running of CHE, backed by voluntary workers. Half the places on the Executive Committee become vacant each year, so that members serve for two years after being elected. The Executive Committee elects the Secretary, Treasurer, and other Officers, and appoints the Trustees.