The main component is the HEF assembly, comprised of one delegate for each member organisation. The assembly enables information sharing and collaboration, agrees priorities for its activities (stemming from the Strategic Framework for Collaborative Action) and provides leadership and accountability for their delivery, and acts as the Heritage Council reference group. It also sets the themes and oversees the contents of the series Heritage Counts, produced by Historic England.
The main mechanism to reach the outcomes set out in the Strategic Framework are the time-limited and delivery-focussed Task Groups, and the collaboration with the Topic Groups. The work of the Task Groups is open to the contribution of other organisations beyond HEF membership. For the year 2020-21 two pilot Task Groups are running (Covid Task Group and COP26 Task Group). The past activities of the Task Groups can be found in the Archive.
A Steering Group, composed of six elected delegates, coordinates HEF activities, oversees the delivery of the Strategic Framework and sets the agenda of HEF meetings.
The structure of HEF, with clear remit, accountability and procedures of each component, is set out in the Terms of Reference.