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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, Tauranga, Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone Number: +64 21 702 573 or +64 9 373 3791

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Full Time Roles

  • Agency Lead
  • Business Director
  • Tauranga
  • $160k – $180k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Got existing clients in your back pocket? Could you lead a regional agency? Looking for an opportunity that rewards your hard work and tangible results with a possible partnership? Our client, a successful integrated agency, is looking to fill a newly established senior role at the top of the table ...
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  • Digital Freelance Roles
  • Nationwide
  • $500 – $1,000 / Day
  • Freelance
  • Live
Are you a digital freelance or contract worker, with proven commercial experience? We're looking for skilled contractors to fill upcoming projects with our clients - leaders in the NZ digital landscape.  We want to hear from skilled professionals with specialist expertise, exceptional technical abil...
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  • UX Researcher
  • Auckland
  • $600 - $800 per day
  • Contract
  • Closed
This reputable central Auckland company is looking for a senior UX Researcher to join their existing design team. The role is a five-month contract on a daily rate and commencing ASAP.This role will see you engage in research activities, plan and facilitate workshops, and bring complex stockholders ...
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Posted at 10:38am 18/08/20

Special 11% Fee for New Clients

We feel your pain – so we’re reducing our standard recruitment fee from 15% to 11% for four months to help you out. Yes, recruitment is a cost, but it will quickly turn into an investment if you land the right person with excellent skills. That can make a big difference to your business – and your bottom line. We’re not saying you should necessarily hire tomorrow, but if your employee landscape changes in the coming weeks and you need to hire someone for a new phase of your business, then our offer is there to help get it done.

Posted at 3:42pm 04/08/20

Looking to invest in new hire?

Well, now is that time. To help we have interviewed over 500 quality people since the 1st of April. On the phone, over zoom or in person, we have done the hard work for you. The quality is strong, people have arrived home and some well-heeled industry stars have lost their jobs, and it won’t be long before they get scooped up and we will be chatting about the new skill shortage.

Posted at 6:09pm 20/07/20

Your redundancy won’t last long

Covid-19 has been tough for agency employees and employers. We have only come across 2 of 50 agencies in recent months who have not let anyone go. What's interesting is immigration flow has stopped, so there is no skilled migrant’s coming into NZ, so candidate competition for new roles will be non-existent. So if you have lost your job we are predicting you will find employment quicker than you think, it may take 3 months but new positions are popping up.

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