CES is recognised as an industry leader offering quality services in the education and not-for-profit sectors across New Zealand. Our mission today remains the same; to provide comprehensive and cost-efficient services to member schools and to the wider education and not-for-profit sectors. CES was formed in 1989 by 33 state secondary schools in Canterbury to succeed the former Christchurch Secondary Schools Council, following its abolition by the 1989 Education Act. Our structure is unique amongst financial service providers because as an incorporated society and a co-operative, all profits are returned to education. CES’s philosophy of supporting schools, trusts and not-for-profit organisations has underpinned their development into leadership in the education trust and not-for-profit services sector. Today, we provide services to over 180 schools and trusts, supplying products in excess of 700.
Meet our Team
We have a wonderfully talented team here at CES. We value each of our team members and Board of Directors for the expertise they contribute. Our friendly staff and their willingness to go above and beyond is what helps us create the longest business relationships in the industry.
Rachel Van Der Geest
CES currently has 21 shareholding high schools, 5 shareholding primary schools and one shareholding intermediate school. The co-operative is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of one secondary school representative and seven directors who are voted onto the Board by shareholding schools. CES has its main purpose-built office in Christchurch with its North Island financial services division operating from offices in Auckland.