+64 9 373 3791
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

Contact Me

Full Time Roles

  • Packaging Designer
  • Auckland
  • $90k - $100k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a talented Senior packaging designer, with an award-winning portfolio?Maybe you are coming home from the UK or Aus and are keen on a Kiwi role that will challenge you in a progressive local design agency? If so our client, one of New Zealand's newest and freshest design agencies, is now on t...
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  • Senior Account Manager (Design)
  • Auckland
  • $90k - $100k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Are you well-versed in all things client service? Is managing people, projects and clients your calling?  We’re in need of an experienced Senior Account Manager to join an established team at one of Auckland’s leading Design and Digital agencies. This person needs to be strategically-savvy in the di...
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  • Craft & Graphic Designer
  • Hawke's Bay
  • $65k - $75k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Are you an intermediate designer looking for a new challenge to get stuck in to?   Based in or looking to make the move to the sunny Hawke's Bay? We're on the hunt for a driven intermediate designer looking for growth, to join a busy Hawke's Bay based agency. The new Designer will report directly to...
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Posted at 8:53am 10/06/19

Project freelance resource for project clients.

As you know, most clients these days are all about projects and have dumped the agency retainer. This makes it hard to grow and commit to the hiring of new full-time staff. So when you're busy, and your existing staff are stretched why not call in a project team from The Pond? It could be 2 or 3 or 4 quality people working over a project timeline. For more information call The Pond today.

Posted at 8:30am 28/05/19

Want to move to the Waikato?

Intermediate Digital Media Executive wanted for a regional agency working in a team of five suits and media experts. $70-75K. Apply now, start late June. Great clients, Great role, great perks. E-mail: leighton@thepond.co.nz  

Posted at 3:10pm 06/05/19

The Pond grows to 7 agents

Great news for Agencies looking for more digital hires to help transform their offering. The Pond has hired a new senior to lead all things 'Digital & Tech' recruitment. Welcome, Hayden Baker who joins us from Hays Aus/NZ to assist growth in the ever-growing employment sector. Got a new digital role that needs filling or want advice on digital talent and employment, then sing out.

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