Jackie was a teacher for 24 years. She has a Masters in Education and was awarded an Order of Australia for her many years of fighting for Marriage Equality and for the rights of children. Jackie is an Ambassador for Barnardos and a Patron for The Pinnacle Foundation and Wear it Purple. Jackie has worked with Kerryn to establish their two medical clinics and has worked alongside Kerryn in their varied business activities and community advocacy roles for 21 years. Together with Kerryn in 2012 Jackie fought to have the State adoption laws changed in NSW so they could adopt their daughter whom they originally fostered in 2009. Jackie is a parent of three children and has recently become a grandmother to 1 year old Billy.