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Leighton Profile June 2019

Leighton

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.

Contact

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

Senior
  • Brand & Packaging Designer
  • Auckland
  • $100 - $125k
  • Full Time
  • Live
Are you a senior brand & packaging design specialist ready to step up into a design director role?Maybe you’ve been working in a fancy Melbourne, London or New York design studio and are now ready to bring all that ‘style' back to little Aotearoa to land a ‘great’ lead design role?Our client has...
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Senior
  • 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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Senior
  • New Business Director
  • Auckland
  • $160 - 180k
  • Full Time
  • Closed
We are after someone quite special. Are you a Senior Business Director or Ex Account Director by trade, who is proven at cultivating new client relationships and looking for a new challenge 2018? Got existing clients in your back pocket? Looking for an opportunity that rewards hard work and tangible...
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Posted at 10:42pm 05/05/20

Contractors will be required

Level 1 & 2 is coming. Agencies and corporate marketing departments will no doubt revert to the use of freelance contractors quickly, to get momentum and key projects to market. Speed to market will be key to success, so if you need a smart senior creative, digital or marketing mind to speed up the game for your brand or business get in touch with a pond agent today.

Posted at 5:06pm 20/03/20

Agency Lead Waikato Wanted

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? Call or text me on 021 702573.

Posted at 9:48am 09/03/20

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The Comms Council Axis Awards will recognise creative excellence in New Zealand this Thursday 12 March, SkyCity, Auckland. NZ may be a small geographically isolated country, but our advertising creative is world-class. Good Luck to all our clients who are finalists, may the best work win!

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