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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.

Contact

Locations: Auckland, Hamilton, Nationwide, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: 021 702 573

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Full Time Roles

Senior
  • Creative Lead (Social-First Agency)
  • Auckland
  • $120k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Is your career immersed in Social Media? Do you look at branded posts and content with an “I can do this better” lens? We’re looking for a creative enthusiast who loves big ideas, edgy brands, and excels at breathing life into all social centred campaigns.Our client, a social-first agency based in M...
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Senior
  • Account Manager (Design)
  • Auckland
  • $100k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Are you quick-witted, organised and driven? Does the world of clean, sharp, award-winning design resonate with you? Join a company that’s behind the branding of some of NZ's most coveted new launches!We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Account Manager, keen on fresh clients and ...
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Senior
  • Business Director
  • Auckland
  • $140k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
Are you an ambitious talented agency activator with the connections, networks, and desire to unlock new industries and clients? We’re seeking a proactive, energetic, and strategic business development expert whose career spans big clients, big deals and knows what it takes to win and be rewarded alo...
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Posted at 12:01 09.05.2024

Let’s find the right one for you.

Here at The Pond we get quality candidates coming through weekly. We carefully pick out top talent and only represent the best in the industry.

Posted at 11:50 09.05.2024

We are specialist recruiters not generalists

We recruit within the sectors we have worked in ourselves and know well, these sectors are marketing, media, sales, creative, design, digital & tech. The great thing is these sectors within most corporates work closely together and are all fashionable employment sectors that are in favour with most companies large or small.

Posted at 17:04 15.02.2024

New Role: General Manager (Sports, Hunting & Firearms)

On behalf of our global client Beretta, The Pond Recruitment is looking for a dynamic General Manager with at least 10 years of commercial experience for this high-profile nationwide position. See Our Job Board for more details on the position.

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