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Leighton

Talent Director

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Leighton leads the Agency Agent Team at the Pond, placing NZ’s best creative, digital and marketing talent into freelance, contract, and full-time positions with 150 of NZ’s best digital, design, advertising, media, production, and specialist agencies – plus a growing list of agencies overseas as well.

Leighton spends the average week growing The Pond business and working closely with agency clients who understand that people are the most important ingredient in the success of their companies. 

Since founding The Pond in 2006, Leighton has grown the business into a leading player in the professional creative recruitment field, providing premium candidates, promoting better industry standards, and producing better results for clients. The Pond now represents more than 300 of NZ’s most sought-after talent across 50 key professions.

Leighton understands talented people because he worked alongside so many of them during his eight years as an ad agency creative. He was always pretty sharp at selling in his ideas, a gift that he has developed even further by successfully pitching NZ’s best creative talent to clients.

“Good people are the key to building strong agencies,” says Leighton. “Our clients want the best and newest talent in the areas of creative, design, digital, and marketing to add their magic and fulfil their ongoing needs.

“The Pond helps clients to do that, easily and robustly. We find the right candidates to nail every brief that comes through the door, plus we help creative, digital and marketing professionals find rewarding work, realise their market value, and achieve their overall career goals.”

Outside work, Leighton is a family man with one wife, two kids, one dog, and six racehorses. He’s also an avid sports watcher, gardener, red wine drinker, gym goer, fly fisherman, part-time wannabe architect, and ex-rep rugby player.

If you want no-nonsense, practical advice about how to handle your agency’s staffing needs, and how to secure the best people and retain them, Leighton is the man to call.

Creative Side

Advertising, design and digital. As well as furniture and architecture (my former career post University)

Best Known For

Getting results. Creatives continue to come to The Pond for advice, service and work because we do what we say we do - That is finding creative people the best opportunity for their career and personal situation.

Passionate About

Advertising, design, waterskiing, house music (Alesso, Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas), fitness, selling racehorses, clay birds, fly fishing and family.

Contact

Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Singapore, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: +64 21 702 573 or +64 9 373 3791

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Full Time Roles

Senior
  • Design Director
  • Auckland
  • $130k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you able to push branding boundaries? Are you a proven design practitioner, and very confident in leading a small design team? Our client, a well known Auckland Branding Agency is looking for an award winning Design Director with a great personal brand, a fresh portfolio, and an established care...
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Senior
  • Mobile APP / UI Designer
  • Wellington
  • $90 – $100k
  • Full Time
  • Live
If you are a senior, talented and innovative mobile APP / UI designer looking to work on one of New Zealand's well known and largest piece of mobile infrastructure, we can offer you the challenge and experience you are looking for. The Wellington-based senior designer will take responsibility for al...
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Senior
  • Back End Developer (PHP / Silverstripe)
  • Auckland
  • $600.00 Day
  • Freelance
  • Live
Are you ready to step into a new freelance or contract Back End Developer booking for up to six months? We are looking for Server Side expert who is strong with Silverstripe CMS, sharp in all things PHP but an equally great communicator. Our agency client, a top ten NZ digital lead agency, is lookin...
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Posted at 5:00pm 15/11/18

Hire now. Pay Later

Lock in that key hire prior to Christmas and pay the fee in January. If you’re thinking about hiring a new team member in January, let us suggest a better money move. Hire the right person, right now and set their start date in the New Year. That’s why we’re reducing our recruitment fee to 10% on all new full-time roles over $50k p/a until December 21. This is a two-week express recruitment service – from taking the brief, to signing the contract. Give us a call – and a brief – on +64 9 373 3791 and let’s get this last bit...

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Posted at 11:16am 07/11/18

Well done Ed Hackney from Affinity ID for picking Cross Counter in the CUP.

Ed win's the $500 OSTRO lunch voucher for him and the digital studio. He was the only client to pick Cross Counter of the 77 entries. Well done! Enjoy your afternoon the great food, wine & views.

Posted at 12:41pm 29/10/18

Our Client 'Melbourne Cup Sweepstake' is 7 days Away

Info on this client promo will be out next Monday, prior to the race at 3pm on Tuesday (via a Entry e-mail). All you have to do is simply predict the first horse home in this year's big race. Every client who successfully picks and e-mails in the winner goes into the draw to win 1 of 3 BIG prizes. Value over $1000!!! Stay tuned clients! The race that stops two nations is almost here...

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