As a membership organisation, the Trust is governed by a Council of Trustees elected by members.
Each year Council reports to the members at the AGM. Trustees are elected either at the AGM or by postal voting in accordance with the rules laid down in the Articles of Association.
The Trust’s activities are bound by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, which is regulated by OSCR. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is also a company limited by guarantee and all Trustees are registered as directors of the company. The running of the day-to-day operations is delegated to the Chief Executive, who is responsible for the employment of staff.