Globe trotter Ryan returns to his roots.

Globe trotter Ryan returns to his roots.
It is not often that a member of staff decides to take a year off work to travel and then can return to the same company, doing the same job. Ryan Cooper is one such lucky man, having just taken a year out to travel the Far East and Australia with his wife, Tanya. His employers Greenhous Nissan of Telford welcomed Ryan back as a Master Technician with open arms.

Ryan, originally from Wolverhampton, lives in Donnington, Telford. He left school to start a mechanical apprenticeship and has worked on several makes of vehicle before joining Greenhous Nissan in June 2013.

Ryan has always had a keen interest in travel and visiting cultural heritages around the world.  It was in Thailand in 2013 that he married Tanya.  By August 2014 the couple had planned for a year of travel and it was with trepidation that Ryan approached his manager, reluctantly handing in his notice.

What followed was 11 months of travel, experiencing the sights and sounds of South East Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia before entering Australia for a prolonged stay. Walking the Great Wall of China, trekking up an active volcano in Bali and training elephants in Thailand are among the many memories Ryan reflects on.

“We saw so many wonderful places and met incredible people,” recalls Ryan. “We arrived in Australia at Adelaide where I have family, and we decided to hire a camper van to drive the East Coast route to Queensland, a journey of 3,000 miles in 2 weeks!”

Ryan knew that with a return to the UK work would be a priority. He realised it would be difficult to have a sabbatical from any job, hence his resignation from Greenhous.  However, he kept in touch with his manager, Andy Mountford at Nissan, whilst he was away. “I told Andy where I was on the trip and when I would be back.  I kept up my on line studies and achieved my Nissan accreditation, and this showed Andy I was keen to return to Greenhous Nissan.  I was delighted when he told me that they were expanding the service team and a place was available to me.”

Ryan appreciates the way staff are treated at Greenhous saying; “You are always spoken to by all staff and managers and people care about you.  It is a great team to be part of.” Andy Mountford expressed his appreciation that Ryan continued his studies whilst in Thailand. “Ryan is an excellent Master Technician and he showed such dedication it was a pleasure to welcome him back.”