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Leighton Howl

Recruitment Director

Let's chat on 021 702 573 or at the office 09 373 3791

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.


Locations: Auckland, Hamilton, Nationwide, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: 021 702 573

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Full Time Roles

  • Back End Developer (PHP)
  • Auckland
  • $130k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you over working on the same tech product, no variety in client projects, feeling a little stuck in your professional growth? Maybe you’re a smart, experienced developer who’s ready to step up and challenge themselves to lead some new and exciting projects?Here is the opportunity you’ve been loo...
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  • Freelance Marketing Automation Developer
  • Auckland
  • $90 per hour
  • Freelance
  • Live
Are you an experienced Marketing Automation Developer? Are you a guru at all things HTML, CSS, and Javascript? You might be exactly who we’re looking for! A well-known big agency is looking for a senior-level developer who knows their way around PHP-based website builds, setting up APIs to import an...
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  • Digital UI Designer (Agency)
  • Auckland
  • $95k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a top-shelf intermediate digital designer wanting to step into an agency? Driven to create a visually beautiful user interface for users to enjoy? Want some variety and the chance to work across a range of NZ brands instead of the one product?Due to our client’s strong growth, they are in ne...
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Posted at 11:31 16.09.2021

Don’t let the alert level changes slow your productivity

If you’re finding it hard to pick up the slack with all the uncertainty and alert level changes, we’re the people to talk to. We’ve got hundreds of freelancers on our books across various disciplines, meaning we’ve got the talent to help you get back on track. Send us your brief, and we’ll be able to help in no time. 

Posted at 15:28 11.08.2021

2021 is the year of the Brain Gain – or is it?

New Zealand has always seen an export of both young and old talent flowing out of our borders and across to countries as far as America and as close as across the ditch in Australia. Previously dubbed the ‘brain drain’, NZ Media’s now reporting on a new phenomenon – the ‘Brain Gain’ – a delectable range of experienced professionals that have come back to our shores in droves. We have quite a few of these candidates reach out to us and they might be the perfect fit for your vacant role.

Posted at 23:26 22.06.2021

New Head of Marketing Role (Christchurch) $150k

We are looking for the South’s best tech Marketer (or one heading that way), a proven senior professional who has been there and done it all before. They would be a natural front person who can establish a complete marketing function that is focused on a great digital product and brand that is now ready for a new sales-focused marketing approach supported by a smart strategy and planning.

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