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Leighton Howl

Recruitment Director

Let's chat on 021 702 573 or at the office 09 373 3791

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.


Locations: Auckland, Hamilton, Nationwide, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: 021 702 573

Contact Me

Full Time Roles

  • Graphic Designer
  • Auckland
  • $80k - $85k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you an intermediate design perfectionist who loves bringing your ideas to life? Are you hands-on, not precious on the tools, and ready to get stuck in? Join this award-winning team within a growing creative agency! Our client, based in central Auckland, is looking for an Intermediate Design...
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  • Account Manager
  • Tauranga
  • $80k
  • Full Time
  • Live
New year, new city? We’re looking for someone who needs a change! This role brings you a big city opportunity with the lifestyle benefits of living in the regions. This is a once in a blue moon opportunity for an up-and-coming Agency Account Manager, looking for a change or returning from abroa...
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  • Writer & Content Marketer (Tech / Product)
  • Wellington
  • $80k - $90k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Interested in joining a fully established SaaS Tech business that helps contribute in a meaningful way to the people working in the construction & building sector? Our client is an Australasian-wide tech company that puts their community of workers first – they look after tradies daily across a ...
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Posted at 13:45 24.11.2022

Now hiring for a Hybrid Marketing & Brand Manager

Lead the marketing unit for a leading NZ luxury designer homewares brand.With customers searching for design-led interior products for their fashionable homes, retail spaces, hotels or restaurants, this role will suit someone with a strong commercial or personal connection to the world of interior’s, fashion, retail, or even architecture.

Posted at 14:02 22.08.2022

150 professions

The Pond represents and recruits for an incredibly diverse range of professions working in Creative, Marketing & Digital sectors. We’re the specialist recruitment agency with the knowledge and relationships to find you the right people within these sectors. Whether you’re building a team or have a critical hire, we have the services to save you time, money and reduce the chance of a bad hire.

Posted at 17:22 19.07.2022

Interested in Product Jewellery Design?

Are you working as an architect, designer or in fashion, but dreamed about a career crafting timeless diamonds and precious stones? Find yourself sketching up dramatic jewellery designs in your downtime? We’re on the lookout for a passionate, open-minded creative with a love for unique design. Apply via E-mail: [email protected] or call 021702573

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