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Melanie Harper
Founder of Driving Miss Daisy International Limited and Chief Ambassador


Melanie Harper with her husband Jack founded Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd. As soon as her aunt Trish told Melanie she wanted to pay for the helpful assistance, the idea of Driving Miss Daisy sprang into life. The business began in Havelock North NZ in 2008 with a single vehicle.

Today in New Zealand, the business is nationwide with more than 75 franchises and over 300 vehicles on the road. Since 2015, Driving Miss Daisy has also been firmly established in the UK and continues to expand.

Melanie’s passion is to support the growing Australian network of Daisy franchisees and to have a ‘Daisy’ in every town so that the people in the local community can enjoy fantastic help and assistance from Daisy drivers.

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Stan Zets
Daisy Director
Driving Miss Daisy Franchising Australia Pty Ltd


Being a Daisy Director of Driving Miss Daisy Australia, Stan gets to do what he loves most; Helping others develop a thriving business and helping our precious and ageing community friends live a happy and independent lifestyle.

As part of the team that launched Driving Miss Daisy in the UK, Stan has a comprehensive understanding of the essence of the business and what drives its success. A qualified chartered accountant, and past president of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Stan has spent most of his career guiding thousands of clients towards building optimal business.

As an owner and CEO of a large international consulting group with several hundred franchise partners, Stan has developed a lifetime experience in the world of franchising having worked on 6 continents. Antarctica was too cold!

Stan’s mission is to share an active, warm, happy and healthy life with others.

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Alan Branch
Daisy Director
Driving Miss Daisy Franchising Australia Pty Ltd


Alan is a Daisy Director of Driving Miss Daisy Australia and part of the team that launched Driving Miss Daisy into the United Kingdom. As one of the most experienced franchise advisors in Australia, Alan’s franchise legal career has taken him around the world, giving him vast experience in what a franchise needs to be great and sustainable.

Alan accepted the award of Franchise Supplier of the Year two years running from the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) as well as an overseas award for Franchise Excellence. He spent 6 years as a Director of the FCA.

Alan is now focused on vastly improving the independence and satisfaction that our clients enjoy, achieving this via the friendly service and help from our Daisy drivers. Through good communication and respectful help,  Alan supports Daisy franchise business owners so that they are confident to  create new ideas and ways  for clients to enjoy their life.

Alan married his university sweetheart and they have two adult children and the two Driving Miss Daisy poodles Remy and Rory.

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Sharon Hockley
Head Office’s Support Team Leader


With extensive business and legal expertise obtained in both Australia and the United Kingdom, Sharon is an integral member of the company’s head office team. She is committed to supporting Driving Miss Daisy’s aim to help people of all ages who are in need.

Sharon’s skills derive from her experience as a business owner, senior legal secretary and mother of three very busy individuals. As the Head Office’s Support Team Leader, she works to ensure franchisees across Australia have an extensive array of information, resources and knowledge that they can use to help Daisy passengers when they need support and care.

Sharon’s skills, humour and compassion help her to answer enquiries from individuals and their families on how Driving Miss Daisy can be the ‘Family when family cannot be there™’. She enjoys problem solving, whether that be with clients, the concerned family of Daisy clients, franchisees, key accounts, support coordinators or suppliers.

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Our National Franchisee Team

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Rory (left) and Remy
Heads of Pet Entertainment and Security




Driving Miss Daisy acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

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