+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

  • Account Manager (Advertising)
  • Auckland
  • $60 – 70k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a solid agency Account Manager? Looking for the chance to step into one of NZ's best creative agencies? My client is an award-winning, independent advertising agency based in Central Auckland. They are looking for a new Account Manager to join their super nice, super talented client service ...
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  • Account Director
  • Auckland
  • $120 – 130k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Do you have proven experience and thrive in an agency environment? Are you looking to work alongside a successful team with high profile clients?  Our client is an award winning, independent agency who consistently produces top quality work. They are looking for a new Account Director to work across...
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  • Fullstack PHP Developer
  • Auckland
  • $90 - 100k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Are you ready to step up into a new DEV role at a senior level? An expert with code, have eye for design, but an equally great communicator?  Our agency client, an award winning design agency, is looking for a new Full-stack PHP Developer. Someone who can become their 'go-to guy' for back-end and fr...
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Posted at 5:37pm 07/06/18

3 x Account Managers Wanted - New Roles Live

Three totally different Account Manager now LIVE. (All from 3 totally different agencies). Looking for a change, looking to step up out of junior ranks? Roles suit those interested in Branding & Design or integrated Ad & Digital Agencies. See The Pond job board - Apply today!!!

Posted at 5:46pm 21/05/18

We are Hiring!

Could you be our next Talent & Marketing Ambassador. Take the next step in your career working with a leader in the creative, digital and marketing recruitment industry. Do you enjoy being creative or like the idea of working in a dynamic industry alongside truly talent and professional creative, digital and marketing people? Do you have an opinion, are a fast operator and enjoy meeting a lot of different and highly unique individuals? If so APPLY!!!

Posted at 3:39pm 10/05/18

New Account Director From Grey London!

We have someone super talented, with 10 years global agency experience, now looking for a role in the Wellington or Auckland. Open to 6/9/12 month contracts also into a full-time position. CV includes: Expertise in B2B, Advertising, Integrated Campaigns and TV Production. Got a senior role to fill? Drop me a line for a formal introduction.

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