There are about seven hundred members of the New Forest CDA throughout the UK, whether full (turning out animals), associate or junior.
The CDA committee manages the affairs of the Association, working closely with other New Forest and national organisations. The committee works with many other Forest organisations, particularly the Verderers. Most decisions are taken by the committee.
There are 24 elected committee members, serving for a three-year term, with one-third elected each year. Other than the Chair and Vice-Chair the officers are also directly elected by the AGM: President, Hon.Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon Claims Secretary, Hon. Solicitor and Hon. Veterinary Surgeon. A Chair and Vice-Chair are elected each year by the committee from immediately after the AGM. These officers all serve on the Executive Committee. During the year the CDA committee will usually co-opt several additional members for specific purposes, up to a maximum of nine; the co-optees serve until the next AGM. Much of the detailed work takes place in sub-committees formed to address specific issues, and the committee sometimes appoints people to these or to the main committee for specialist input. A copy of the CDA Rules is available here.
The CDA committee benefits from considerable overlap with other organisations and roles, not least the Forestry Commission, Verderers, and Agisters.