+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

  • Creative Lead / Copywriter
  • Auckland
  • $100 – $110 K
  • Full Time
  • Live
Copy-lead Creatives, step right up. Our client is seeking a Creative Director superstar to slot seamlessly into a tight-knit, uber-successful, team.   This role requires an inherently strong writer who can work across multiple mediums and channels from native media content and digital to direct, abo...
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  • Graphic & Branding Designer
  • Auckland
  • $80 – $85K
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a high-level intermediate designer looking for that next step up? Or you are looking for a new list of clients to work your design craft across? Our client, a well recognised and established Ponsonby advertising agency, is looking for a new Graphic Designer to join their successful design an...
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  • Back End Developer (PHP / Silverstripe)
  • Auckland
  • $600.00 Day
  • Freelance
  • Live
FREELANCE: Are you ready to step into a new freelance or contract Back End Developer booking for 6-8 weeks? We are looking for ServerSide 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 loo...
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Posted at 12:39pm 25/03/19

Wouldn’t it be nice to simply focus on what you do best – being creative

Representation by The Pond means access to even more work opportunities without many of the hassles of being self-employed, like cold calling and chasing invoices. It also means someone to back you up if there’s ever a dispute with a client. Let us find the work for you. In doing so we’ll also take care of negotiations over things like rates, start dates, project expectations and fixed-term contracts that can be a little awkward.

Posted at 5:41pm 18/03/19


You need to get it right the first time – because the alternative is just too awful to contemplate. If you get your own recruitment wrong, (as you often do) suddenly you’re lumbered with twice the cost in terms of money and time. Plus you’ve got to rid yourself of your ‘bad recruit’, and let’s not even talk about the stress of having to pin the bad hire on someone else. The Pond has been making sure all of that hasn’t been happening for the last ten years... 

Posted at 3:15pm 11/03/19

Find the creative genius, digital expert or marketing master you need

The Pond is committed to providing the best talent in the industry - finding you ‘the one’, not just anyone. Whether you’re building a team or have a critical hire, we have the knowledge and relationships to find the right match for your organisation, quick smart. We have two agents working together across each client. This lets us build a deep understanding of your culture and needs, to effectively target and present the most suitable premium talent.

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