About Us

If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. Read to learn more about the Equal Exes team.

Our team

Bridgette Jackson - CEO

Bridgette Jackson is the Founder of Equal Exes. She is an experienced entrepreneur, with many years in the public eye within the women’s health space. Bridgette is a Settlement Strategist, a CDC-certified Divorce/Separation Coach, a qualified lawyer, and has a post-graduate dispute resolution qualification. She is also a trained divorce mediator (AMINZ, Resolution Institute). Bridgette has also appeared in various podcasts and publications (both print and online) – www.stuff.co.nz, www.newshub.co.nz, MindFood and Woman’s Day. She is a regular commentator on the Cafe, AM Show, and Magic Talk radio as well.

Bridgette brings formal training, business experience, and personal insight and empathy to the business. She has experienced her own complex, expensive and prolonged high conflict divorce, and is a mother of four children. It was during this stressful time that she got thinking there must be a better and more positive way to get divorced or separated.
She set up Equal Exes to make the world a better place by enhancing the wellbeing of clients who are going through divorce/separation. She has created a less costly, less time-consuming process that understands the emotional impact while still delivering fair outcomes for women and men contemplating, going through, or rebuilding themselves post-divorce or separation. Bridgette is well known for delivering successful financial settlement outcomes from difficult relationship situations.  

Also, Bridgette launched an online divorce/separation portal that assists everyday Kiwis to navigate their separation/divorce journey. This online platform ensures that people get the privacy and support they need, when and where they need it. Ultimately Bridgette has set up her businesses to ensure that others do not have to go through the same difficult scenario she has been through.

Bridgette has spent several years solely focusing on being a mum and managing the household after she and her former husband co-founded and sold their successful catalogue retail company, Castle Hampers in Australia. Bridgette led the administration, marketing, charity, and human resources portfolios of the business. Prior to setting up Equal Exes, Bridgette worked as the Head of Relationships at Oi (Organic Initiative), a fast-growing social enterprise committed to removing plastic and synthetics from personal hygiene products. She has also had senior roles for New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) in General Management and as Trustee and Acting-Chair. NZGCF has a special place in Bridgette’s heart as her mother died from ovarian cancer in September 2009.

Blair Strang - Divorce Coach

Bachelor of Laws LLB – University of Auckland
Blair has experience in practicing law since January 2008 specialising in all aspects of family law and has obtained excellent outcomes for clients, whether by way of negotiation, mediation, or litigation through the Family Court.
He has regularly appeared in the Family Court on a broad range of matters including the care of children, guardianship, relationship property, domestic violence, paternity, adoption, and Oranga Tamariki.
Family Court litigation can put a lot of stress on parties whilst going through a separation. Joining Equal Exes is an exciting opportunity for Blair to assist parties to find an amicable agreement without going through the Family Court process.
Outside family law/divorce coaching, Blair enjoys the creative world as an actor and director. He has his own production company with a crew of dedicated creators which includes his adult son, and they have successfully run 3 theatre shows.

Jessica Carter - Mediator / Conflict Resolution Coach

Jessica has extensive experience as a mediator, conflict coach, and facilitator, with specialist skills in multi-party negotiations, family mediation, workplace transformation, and coaching in crisis.

A resolution practitioner for 19 years, Jessica is known for her ability to work with challenging problems and complex matters and has mediated a significant number of disputes for a broad client base. Jessica has provided mediation and negotiation training for senior leaders in public and private organisations, government officials, lawyers, mining companies, corporate entities, families, students and sporting groups.

In previous roles as the Senior Advisor Mediation Practice in the Department of Building and Housing and in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Jessica supported and developed the practice expertise of 60+ mediators and the growth of the government’s dispute resolution services in building, construction, employment, and industry. Jessica maintains a high interest and participation in training and developing emerging mediators and peace-building professionals in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Jessica is an accredited NMAS mediator, a panel member of Resolution Institute and the International Mediation Institute, and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in New Zealand.

She received advanced training in mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School and is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution.

Jessica has joined Equal Exes to assist people who are thinking about separation and divorce, in the throes of it or at the end of the process.

Leeanne Boyle - Operations & Admin Lead

Leeanne has spent the last 20 years gathering experience and knowledge about all things system and process. Primarily gained within the public and private health and corporate dental this includes multi-site management, greenfield development, human resource, and operations.

Mentorship via strong General managers and experience gained in large corporate models across New Zealand and Australia have helped develop Leeanne’s passion for processes, procedures, and systems.  

Leeanne moved to NZ in 2006 with her husband John. Settled in Te Atatu, West Auckland, and raised their two girls, Holly and Abigail. She has strong ties to her local community, and volunteers as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Women’s Centre Waitakere and co-chairing a number of community events.  

Mayline Prigol - Digital Marketing & Executive Support

Mayline has extensive experience working with the digital marketing industry and as an executive assistant.

She graduated in Business Management with a major in Digital Marketing in Auckland.

Working with the digital era and social media tools, Mayline believes that the key to keeping her mindset and techniques update comes from courses, studies and, always searching for relevant topics.

Mayline worked with many different industries, such as fashion, solar solutions, property development, and others. It gave her the ability to learn from various backgrounds and gained strategic knowledge in the market.

Her passion is about creating online content to reach more people and have a closer engagement with her audience. She trusts in the power of connecting people, sharing experiences, and help everyone to achieve better outcomes in life.

Mayline is from Brazil, she has been in New Zealand since 2016 and speaks three languages.