+64 9 373 3791

Leighton Howl

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: leighton@thepond.co.nz

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

Contact Me

Full Time Roles

  • Digital / Interaction Designer
  • Auckland
  • $80 – 100k
  • Contract
  • Live
Are you a digital designer currently specialising in interaction design? Or are you a skilled up UI designer with an understanding of interaction design principals? Whether you're freelancing and now looking for a something more solid, or full-time and looking for a quick change, then we have the pe...
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  • Design Director
  • Auckland
  • $3250/pw
  • Freelance
  • Live
URGENT FREELANCE DESIGN DIRECTOR ROLE AVAILABLE. 4-8 WEEKS. START ASAP. Our client, a medium sized Auckland Branding Agency is looking for a freelance Design Director with a great personal brand, a fresh portfolio, and an established career in the design industry to lead their creative studio for th...
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  • Digital Design Director
  • Auckland
  • $160k +
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a design rainmaker? Passionate digital thinker? If you have a proven track record in design leadership, then we have the role for you... Our client is looking for someone, global and experienced to appoint as their new Digital Creative & Design Director. They're a fast-growing digital ag...
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Posted at 11:37am 22/03/18

Marketing Magazine Is Out

And it's the Agency Issue. The big one of the year including features on: The Future of Advertising (including agency CEO viewpoints), Where the spend is coming from in 2018, The Horse's Mouth, Martin Yeoman & Jamie Hitchcock, as well as "Who's' on the way up and who's on the way down"... a good read, grab a copy and get into it. And get back into Agencyland... Well done, new editor Erin Mckenzie!!!

Posted at 4:54pm 23/01/18

Results don't lie

It's January and we have already placed 3 amazing creatives in full-time roles. Expecting a big year and a bit over forking out so much for freelance? Give us a yell today and find out what makes our new and improved, 2018 full-time recruitment service so unique. The results don't lie! 

Posted at 5:11pm 15/01/18

New 'Business Director' role live...

We are after someone quite special. Are you a Senior Business Director or Ex Account Director by trade, who is proven at cultivating new client relationships and looking for a new challenge 2018? Got existing clients in your back pocket? Looking for an opportunity that rewards hard work and tangible results?

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