John Saxon is ZEAL’s new Head of Talent Development

After a successful spell helping Team ZEAL to refine our Shopper Marketing Strategy, John Saxon has shifted focus to take up the challenge of being ZEAL’s first full-time Head of Talent Development.

Despite his youthful looks and his ‘down with the kids’, easy going attitude, John has over 30 years agency experience and during his time with us it was clear he has much that he can teach the team and a lovely way of doing it. As a result, we have created a full-time role where he can do just that, Head of Talent Development.

John’s immediate focus is on finding the next breed of ZEALERS to help fuel our continued growth. To scour the earth looking for ‘A-Players’ who have the passion, energy and talent to join us for the next chapter of our adventures. (Sound like you? Get in touch and John will talk you through the roles we have available.)

Beyond this, John will ensure that every new ZEALER has the perfect induction to the business with clear 30/60/90-day objectives and more importantly an inspiring long-term Career Development Plan.

As part of his role, John will also oversee the creation and on-going management of the ‘ZEAL Academy’, a unique training resource, packed with initiatives designed to ensure that Team ZEAL are the best trained agency team in the world.  (More details to follow.)

Finally, John will work 1-to-1 with all team members to ensure that they are receiving constant feedback and mentoring from their managers and are clear on the opportunities they have to progress and the challenges they have to overcome.

John explains why he is so excited about his new role:

‘What an unmissable opportunity, to come back to ZEAL with their amazing clients, award winning work and a team of fantastic people, who I’ve grown to love and respect. Being asked to use the experience and knowledge I’ve gained over the years to help us move to the next level of our business and career development is a great challenge but a hugely rewarding one. Stewart, Rob and Rachel are building something really special here at ZEAL and I’m here to help them and the people in this business achieve their ambitions. I’m also here to find and hire the best talent in this industry, at all levels and in all roles, and I want to hear from passionate, ambitious, energetic people with the skills and talent to take us further and faster on this journey.’

Managing Director of ZEAL, Rachel McHale, is confident that John’s appointment will take the whole team forward:

‘At ZEAL our mission is to be the ‘World’s Most Recommended Agency’ and this will only be possible if we have the best trained, most highly motivated team working for our clients. John’s appointment, and the creation of the ZEAL Academy, is a huge step forward for ZEAL, it will help us attract, retain and develop the UK’s top talent, helping them to realise their full superstar potential. I’d urge anyone with experience in our sector to find out more about what we are doing here, we continue to grow fast and if you allow us, we’ll help take your career to the next level.’

If you have a talent, energy and passion that you think John needs to hear about, please get in touch today with You can view our live roles here