The spotlight on our staff

Our driver Charles

The spotlight on our staff

11-12-2014 | 10.00

Trouw is temporary and will close her doors forever on January 3rd. Trouw wouldn’t be the meeting place and breeding ground that it is today without the people working there day and night. This series puts various Trouw employees in the spotlight. From the light people, to the door host: all nodes of Trouw will see their place on the pedestal. Today: Charles - driver at Trouw.

Charles often has a little chuckle to himself when his colleagues make fun of him. 'I might be standing at the bar with a coffee and hear yet another sarcastic comment. About whether I have any work to do. It’s a fact that the majority of my work consists of waiting. I ferry all the artists from A to B, according to well-planned schedules. For me, it’s an honour to be able to do so. Even though patience is essential.' Charles knows the ropes. The second-year engineering student started as a runner during the 2012 Amsterdam Dance Event. 'Possibly the toughest job in the club. You’re a jack-of-all-trades, running around the place all night. Respect for the guys who do it every weekend. That’s why I applied for the job of driver in February 2013. Since then, Suze, Kolja and I have done this great job together.'

Besides Suze and Kolja, Charles has another partner who helps him: Helmut. 'He’s the renowned Mercedes W123 estate car we use to take all the artists back and forth from Schiphol Airport and to the hotel. A great car and a joy to ride. It’s an executive model from the 1980s. Coincidentally, my parents have always had the same car. I still feel like a small kid sometimes when I’m driving it. I’ve got a special place to park Helmut at Schiphol, so that he looks good as the artists and I approach him.’

Text: Dennis de Vogt
Photo credit: Ramona Deckers