Our People

A team of high-calibre professionals committed to excellence and delivering outstanding results.

Our experience gives us a leading edge. Key to our success is our commitment to critical thinking, an agile, intelligent approach and collaborative working relationships.

Founded in 1981 by Jim Bentley and now led by Craig McGarr and Mark Arbuthnot, we’re a small team of high-calibre professionals known for getting the job done. With a deep understanding of the rigors of Resource Management, we’ve got the skills and expertise to make your project happen.

Simply put, we’re the best at what we do. We offer a premium service with one objective: to facilitate optimal outcomes for our clients, every time. So, whatever the scale of your project, we’ll help you succeed with a clear vision and pragmatic advice.

Talk to us today. Now, and into the future, we’ve got the solutions you need.

Craig McGarr (BPlan) (Director)

After 30 years in the profession, Craig McGarr knows a thing or two about Resource Management. Known for his direct approach, practical know-how and unparalleled understanding of the business, Craig offers a level of expertise that’s second-to-none.

Knowing the game inside out is the key to providing a premier service. Sought after for his expertise in strategic

solutions for large capital projects, together with his experience across all sectors, Craig’s specialist advice will save you time, money and stress.

For a clear understanding of what you can achieve, talk to Craig today. He’ll walk you through your best options, with considered, forward-thinking advice.

Mobile: 021 741 418   
Email: cmcgarr@bentley.co.nz   

Mark Arbuthnot (BA Hons & Dip Plan) (Director)

A member of the Bentley & Co. team since 2005, Mark Arbuthnot brings energy and enthusiasm and a depth of experience. Mark likes to do the job well and to see his clients succeed.

With a background in local authority town planning, as well as over a decade of experience providing specialist Resource Management

advice to Bentley & Co. clients, Mark enjoys presenting creative answers that best achieve his clients’ outcomes.

Working across all aspects of the firm, Mark’s thorough understanding together with his detail-oriented approach will bring clarity and vision to your next project.

Mobile: 029 200 4896   
Email: marbuthnot@bentley.co.nz   

Hannah Edwards (BPlan (Hons))

Hannah Edwards first joined the firm as a graduate in 2008. She later gained valuable planning experience working in a London Borough Council, before returning to Bentley & Co. in 2014.

Hannah has an array of experience including exposure coordinating

project teams for large-scale developments. She enjoys the complexity and challenge of this work and gains great satisfaction from achieving outstanding results for her clients. Hannah is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Mobile: 021 922 164   
Email: hedwards@bentley.co.nz   

Anthony Blomfield (BPlan (Hons))

Anthony Blomfield has been with Bentley & Co. since 2012. Anthony has a broad range of Resource Management experience and thrives on providing quality advice on a variety of matters. He finds it especially satisfying to deliver consent decisions within desired timeframes.

Anthony’s work spans many sectors including public and private sector housing, and other commercial developments. He was heavily involved in the Unitary Plan process, representing a range of corporate clients.

Mobile: 021 1339 309   
Email: ablomfield@bentley.co.nz   

Aaron Clarke (BSc (Land Plan & Dev))

A member of the team since 2016, Aaron Clarke’s prior experience includes working as a project manager in the retirement village sector. This experience has proven invaluable, enhancing the knowledge and expertise he brings to his clients in his current role.

He finds providing specialised advice to help his clients realise their aspirations rewarding, and he enjoys the satisfaction of seeing projects through to completion.

Mobile: 027 349 2087   
Email: aclarke@bentley.co.nz   

Matt Round (BPlan)

Matt Round is Bentley & Co.’s newest member. As a graduate, Matt is learning the ropes and finds great satisfaction working in project teams and helping clients achieve their outcomes.

He assists in the day-to-day operation of the company and works with his colleagues on a variety of projects, supporting and advising across all sectors.

Mobile: 021 206 2555   
Email: mround@bentley.co.nz