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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

  • Product Designer
  • UI / UX Designer
  • Auckland
  • $120k - $140k
  • Full Time
  • Live
We are on the search for a senior designer whose career has grown through working across various Digital Products. Our client, a well-known digital design experience agency is now looking for a contract Product Designer who excels in all things UX and UI Design who has a design-centered mindset...
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  • Marketing Automation Specialist (Part-Time / 3-4 days)
  • Auckland
  • $500 - $600 per day
  • Part Time
  • Closed
Are you looking for a part-time 6-month contract opportunity to kickstart in January? Are you an expert in Marketing Automation and have worked across HubSpot in past positions?Can you lead a small team, enjoy coaching and training others on the practice and principles of Marketing Automation? If yo...
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  • UI / UX Designer
  • Auckland
  • Daily Rate
  • Contract
  • Closed
This established organisation in Auckland is on the hunt for a UI/UX Designer (yes in that order) to join their close-knit team of designers. Working in a cross functional and collaborative manner across their digital channels, you will craft premium solutions to maximise customer experience. R...
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Posted at 11:43 01.04.2021

Happy New Financial Year

Welcome to April 1st, the start of the new financial year. It's now 12 months on from when Covid-19 kicked into gear globally and torn apart New Zealand businesses from many acute angles. If you were lucky enough or smart enough to plan a master strategy of survival - well done.  And, most of all a big congratulations to all fellow business owners, partners, leaders, and positive thinkers who dug in at the top, worked the edges, performed miracles for their employees so they could stay retained in their positions. A year to put on the bottom shelf.

Posted at 15:16 25.01.2021

New top candidates popping up!

Two weeks back we are interviewing some new talent who has just entered the NZ market in the areas of agency account management, digital marketing, and content production. Encouraging signs indeed as we push into a dryish candidate market. If you are looking to hire in this area, get in touch today to see who maybe of interest.

Posted at 13:50 21.01.2021

We have lift off into 2021!

New year, new you? How about new year, new talent? We have plenty of fresh new talent ready to get started in 2021. So if you have a new project that needs a designer, strategist or developer get in touch with us now and we can find you that perfect fit for 2021!

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