Taken from an address given by the (then) Grand Master, and now Patron, His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:
"The Guild (now Company) is concerned with every technical aspect of flying from safety to navigational aids, from airport facilities to training methods and in particular with new developments in aircraft and their handling. It's a unique organisation, as its upper membership is restricted to qualified pilots and navigators and therefore it can truly claim to bring together the views and ideas of people who control aircraft in the air. Perhaps, the most important function of the Guild (now Company) is to help set and maintain standards of conduct among flying people.
"The Guild (now Company) is not intended to be a lobby or pressure group and it does not function in the same way as the Airline Pilots' Associations. However, that doesn't mean that it will never offer considered advice if it thinks it necessary, and of course it is always ready to offer an opinion if asked for."