+64 9 373 3791


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.


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 Account Manager
  • Wellington
  • $100 – $110k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you looking for your next big career move?  Our agency client is in a period of significant growth, and is looking for their next suiting star to help service this growth. With growth comes expansion and as a result, this esteemed Wellington agency is looking for a new senior hire to join the te...
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  • 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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  • Creative Director
  • Auckland
  • 140k – $150k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Step right up Creative Director's. Are you a Creative Director or Senior Art Director by trade, who is proven in their career and looking for a new challenge? Have you worked in the retail agency land and are looking for a change of scene? Our client, an Auckland integrated communications agency is ...
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Posted at 12:03pm 17/12/18

Hire Now, Pay Later...

Get the jump on 2019. Lock in that key hire prior to XMAS and pay the fee after they start in January. Right now many of you are probably thinking about hiring a new team member in January. We don’t recommend it.A better money move would be to hire the right person right now, you got 7 days left, time is ticking...10% fee if you sign up someone prior to XMAS.

Posted at 6:10pm 05/12/18

Wanted: Senior Account Manager $100-110k WGTN

Are you looking for your next big career move? Our Wellington agency client is in a period of significant growth, and is looking for their next suiting star to help service this growth. With growth comes expansion and as a result, this esteemed capital agency is looking for a new senior hire to join the team, this opportunity has potential to lead into account director or future partnership/ownership if this fit is right. Ring now to discuss this great role.

Posted at 6:46pm 26/11/18

4 working weeks left!!!

Need talent now to close off those big projects coming to an end? Then call the Pond agents today. We got the talented freelancers available who can get the job done so you go away at XMAS feeling locked and loaded. No use coming back to messy half finished work load for clients who call you through the break in panic mode. Need resource, sing out!

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