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Leighton Profile June 2019


Talent Director - Creative & Design

Call 021 702 573

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.

Contact leighton on +64 9 373 3791 or leighton@thepond.co.nz

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

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Full Time Roles

  • Account Director
  • Wellington
  • $130k - $140k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Looking for a new capital city career challenge? This new role might just be the thing! Do you have proven experience and thrive in a busy agency environment? Are you looking to work alongside a successful nationwide team with high profile local & Govt clients?  Our client is an award-winning, f...
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  • Account Director
  • Agency Lead
  • Auckland
  • $140k +
  • Full Time
  • Closed
We are after someone quite special. Are you a Senior Business Director or Ex Group Account Director by trade, who is proven at cultivating new or existing client relationships and looking for a new career challenge 2020? Got existing clients in your back pocket? Looking for an opportunity that rewar...
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  • Content Marketer (Equine/Racing)
  • Waikato
  • $50 hr (3 mth contract)
  • Freelance
  • Closed
We are on the hunt for a proven Content Marketer for a breathtaking summer journey working at one of Waikato's top 5 horse breeding nursery's. Driving communications in the sport of kings. This contract position could be anything between 32-48 hours per week, and suit someone returning home from abr...
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