Meet the team

Passionate about property, passionate about people

With a proven track record, and several more projects on the go, Clarke Group’s success comes down to one thing – our people. We’re proud to have a team of smart, experienced people who truly care about working together to get the best results for investors and tenants alike.

Austen Clarke


Ambitious and people-focused, Austen leads the team at Clarke Group with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and creating a fantastic team. With an enormous amount of enthusiasm for creating housing solutions that benefit everyone, he combines his extensive experience in property development with a passion for continuous improvement to ensure that every Clarke Group project is better than the last.

Starting his property development career in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 2001, Austen has years of property development experience – with many successes and the odd failure along the way providing him with countless lessons for what works and what doesn’t.

He took these lessons and wrote the thesis for his MBA (Distinction) on the feasibility of launching this model in Auckland before founding the Clarke Group in 2013.

A strong believer in surrounding himself with smart people, he soon brought on board skilled and trusted team members to work alongside him and challenge him to continue to do better.

Chris Sutherland General Manager

Part of Clarke Group since virtually its inception, Chris has previously managed complex, highly technical refits of super yachts to exacting standards in the shipyards of France and Italy. He brings that project management experience to Clarke Group, where he oversees project developments and property management.

Sam Martin Financial Controller

A seasoned accountant, Sam provides all internal accounting functions for the Clarke Group. With a degree in accounting and finance, and Xero certification, Sam has huge experience in preparing and analysing financial information across various industry sectors.

Chris Scott Business Development Manager

After eight years in managerial roles within the property investment and development advisory sector in Sydney, Chris brings a depth of knowledge and experience to his role dealing with site acquisition and expanding new and existing investor relations.

Felix Chen Assistant Accountant

A provisional member of CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand), Felix has more than 10 years of finance and accounting experience across various industries. He provides high-quality, accurate accounting and reporting services for our finance and property management teams.

Anna Batiuta PA to the Director

Anna Batiuta joined Clarke Group in 2017 to support management in organising and coordinating their daily meetings and office. Anna comes from Ukraine and has a management and personal assistant background as well as a specialist degree in Linguistics and a bachelor degree in Law.

Kishan Lal CGPM BDM

Kishan recently graduated with an Honours Degree in Engineering, and has been instrumental in establishing the CGPM business. Kishan is CGPM’s Business Development Manager and is primarily responsible for establishing new business, relationship management, and growing CGPM’s network of partnerships across the property sector.

Sammy Carleton Senior Property Manager

The first point of contact for all new rental enquiries, Sammy has over 10 years’ management experience, and the skills to show for it. She now heads up our growing property management division in managing properties across Auckland.

Rocky Agbotsu Assistant Property Manager

Originally from Russia, Rocky moved to Auckland in order to earn a diploma in Business. Recently joining the CG team, he is armed with a strong desire to up-skill, and being passionate about property management, his move to CGPM was a natural fit.

Ryan Pettigrew Property Manager

Hailing from South Africa, Ryan has slipped in well to the Kiwi way of life. With 10 years' experience in sales and financial services, he brings a well-balanced foundation to the CGPM Property Management team.

Feel like we’re the kind of people you could bond with over a game of table tennis and get excited about doing amazing things with?

We’re always on the hunt for team players with a strong moral compass, the ability to stand their ground when it comes to what they believe in, and a commitment to doing what’s needed to get great results for stakeholders.

Get in touch if you’re interested in joining the Clarke Group team.

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