+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

  • Graphic Designer
  • Auckland
  • $90 – $100K
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a high-level intermediate designer looking for that next step up? Or a senior 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 a...
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  • Back End Developer (PHP / Silverstripe)
  • Auckland
  • $600.00 Day
  • Freelance
  • Closed
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 8:29am 11/02/19

Paternity or Maternity Cover

If your staffing numbers are going to be cut in half because a few are having babies, DON'T panic. Having babies is a fact of life. The problem, of course, is the uncertainty. The uncertainty of never really being sure when the baby will arrive. It could be 3 weeks early or 2 weeks later than expected, in which case you may have a problem. Your best course of action is to pencil in freelance talent from The Pond to fill the gap for paternity leave (often 2 weeks) or between when your new employed cover starts (1-4 weeks usually).

Posted at 10:39am 04/02/19

Guaranteed Premium People

We agents in 2019 are putting a lot more effort into vetting our Creative, Digital and Marketing talent so that when you book with The Pond, you’re guaranteed to connect with quality ten out of ten individuals who will hit the ground running. What we do is to look beyond the mere technical skills now, because we know that soft skills are just as important. So you’ll find presented Pond talent are experienced, creatively rounded, business-minded, collaborative, and multi-skilled thought leaders. These star freelancers or contractors will transform your business at the drop of a hat.

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.

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