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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.
Advertising, design and digital. As well as furniture and architecture (my former career post University)
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.
Advertising, design, waterskiing, house music (Alesso, Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas), fitness, selling racehorses, clay birds, fly fishing and family.
We pride ourselves in connecting agencies with top-notch talent that can transforms your agency. In fact, we carefully vet all talent to ensure that they have the 'wow' factor to start impacting your office the moment they start work with you - whether that's for a few weeks, months or even years! If you are looking for the next superstar for your place (freelance or full-time), get in touch today with your Pond Talent Agent.
Big congratulations to Annie Dow, founder of Dow Design for being the 2019 Recipient of The Institute's Black Pin. This very special black Pin is awarded to a member of DINZ who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and design culture in NZ. And we agree Annie has certainly done that, on both accounts, for over 30 years. Congratulations from The Pond Team Annie.
Spring is the season to kick start new growth plans before the year gets away on you. Are you looking to hire? Maybe ready to invest in a new set of skills in the team? Struggling to fill that odd from Winter? If so, drop us a line, and we can help get the growth through key hires so your business is sprouting in the right direction prior to Christmas.
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