Melanie Harper is the owner and director of Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd. She identified a need in the market for a companion driving service and following extensive research she launched Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd. The business began in Havelock North in 2008 with one car and one franchise. Today Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd has 70 plus nationwide franchises which closely follow the original business model created 9 years ago. The Driving Miss Daisy fleet has expanded to 180 vehicles on the road to date and this figure continues to grow.
Melanie’s passion is to support the growing network of Franchisees, and to have a “Daisy” in every town in New Zealand. She works closely with her husband Jack, and Driving Miss Daisy Business Manager, Paula to further develop the business and achieve these goals.
Jack Harper – Director/Owner
Jack joined Melanie in developing the Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd business in 2008, when he saw the potential to roll out the successful business model across the country. He has been instrumental in growing the business from the initial single franchise to the multi franchise business we have today. His extensive background in financial planning and consultancy helps drive the business strategy for Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd. Jack works closely with Melanie and Paula to strengthen the current business structure and develop opportunities to achieve the company goals.
Jack and Melanie have recently embarked on the next step of the Driving Miss Daisy mission by launching the business into the UK. This is an exciting development opportunity for Driving Miss Daisy.
Paula Lee-Smyth – Business Manager NZ
Paula joined the team in November 2014. As Business Manager, Paula heads up the NZ operation working closely alongside Mel and Jack Harper to realise the vision that is Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd. She holds a business degree with a double major in marketing and management. Paula is responsible for the sales and marketing of the franchises nationwide. She closely liaises with the 70 plus franchisees and is instrumental in helping them build their business. Paula is proud to be a part of the continual growth and success of Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd.
Ange Mill – Administration Manager
Ange has a vital role at Head Office as the Administration Manager. She manages the Administration team in an efficient and cheerful manner. Ange has an extensive background in Administration, Sales and Marketing and Event Management. In her spare time Ange likes to spend time with family and friends.
Karen is originally from the UK, she moved here in September 2017 to bring her young family up in the Bay’s inviting climate, forward thinking curriculum and outdoor lifestyle. She has a degree in Hotel Management, and a background in administration and marketing.
Her husband is originally from the Bay, they have two lovely little boys, who keep them very busy with family life in the Bay. Karen’s passions are cooking, cycling, travelling, growing her own vegetables and (wonderfully) playing the violin!
Fiona Ellis – Chartered Accountant
Ginny Harper – Security
Ginny protects the head office of Driving Miss Daisy maintaining a high-visibility presence through regular patrols within the office.