We are a business for good
Our vision is to be able to offer FREE legal advice and support for some New Zealanders in poverty, to enable them to get out of unhealthy relationships that they feel trapped in.
Just getting started on the journey of separation/divorce normally incurs high legal fees and can prevent unhappy partners leaving relationships which may be because of verbal abuse, violence or due to financial circumstances.
Providing this social responsibility service is an integral to why Equal Exes’ exists.
Bridgette Jackson – CEO
Bridgette Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Equal Exes Limited. She is an experienced entrepreneur, with many years in the public eye within the women’s health space. Bridgette is a CDC certified Divorce, Recovery & Transition Coach, a qualified lawyer and has a post graduate dispute resolution qualification. She will be a certified mediator in 2019.
Bridgette brings formal training, business experience and personal insight and empathy to the business. She has experienced her own complex 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.
Bridgette has set up Equal Exes to create a less costly, less time consuming process that understands the emotional impact while still delivering fair and balanced outcomes for women and men contemplating, going through, or rebuilding themselves post- divorce or separation. Ultimately Bridgette has set up her business for good 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 sold their co-founded and 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 Ltd, 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.
Melanie Bennett – Finance Manager
Melanie owns and runs her own Chartered Accounting Practice and has almost 20 years’ experience providing accounting, tax and administration advice to Individual’s, Companies, Trusts, their Trustees and Beneficiaries. Melanie provides all finance support to Equal Exes. She has a BCom/LLB, and is a Chartered Accountant with her Public Practicing Certificate. In addition, post completing her LLB Melanie was admitted to the bar. Melanie is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Her specialist expertise is in providing tax advice to small and medium sized businesses, trusts and their families, including their investments.
Melanie has over 10 years of tax experience within Big 4 firms to a Senior Manager level as well as leading the corporate tax team at Guardian Trust (now Perpetual Guardian).
Melanie is married with two young sons.
Carolyn Snell – PA & Legal Secretary
Carolyn started working in the legal fraternity approximately 25 years ago.
She has been a legal secretary predominately in the field of litigation, including family court matters.
Carolyn has extensive court knowledge, dealing with major cases at the highest level. She has worked with both barristers and QCs alike.
Carolyn left her job as a legal secretary to be a mother, and for the past 5 years has worked for New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and then Organic Initiative as a part time administrator.
Carolyn and her husband’s boys are now aged 11 and 15 years.