Governance: SAAF is a company limited by guarantee without having a share capital. The governing documents are the memorandum and articles of association registered at Companies House and with the Charity Commission for England and  Wales.

As a company limited by guarantee, SAAF does not operate for profit and has no shareholders; the company does not pay any dividends.  As a Charity, SAAF is governed by its members, who take decisions by ordinary resolution at general meetings of the Charity. The Directors and Trustees oversee the running of the Charity in between general meetings.

The Directors and Trustees of SAAF are elected from members on regional committees throughout England and Wales. One third of the Directors retire from office at each annual general meeting (AGM). Directors and Trustees are elected by an ordinary resolution of members at the AGM.

Management: The Board of Directors and Trustees manages the Charity on a voluntary basis without remuneration.The Board reports to the Regional Committees, and oversees the running of the Charity. The  Regional Committees consists of regional chair, secretary, and treasurer and their deputies, as well as ordinary members . Members of the public can be co-opted for their individual skills or for specific projects.

Risk Management: Risk refers to the uncertainty surrounding events and their outcomes that may have a significant effect, either enhancing or inhibiting operational performance, achievement of aims and objectives, or meeting expectations of stakeholders. Identified risks need to be put into perspective in terms of the potential severity of impact and likelihood of their occurrence.For each of the major risks identified, Trustees considered the action that needed to be taken to mitigate the risk, either by lessening the likelihood of the event occurring, or by lessening its impact if it did.