Our Board Members

Board of directors

Thomas Derum

Founder, CEO & Chairman

  • Thomas is a serial entrepreneur, founder and investor with a particular passion for startups, scaleups and tech businesses.

    While serving in Founder, CEO and COO roles across the BPO, telecom and tech sectors over 20 years across startups, SMEs and enterprises, he saw an opportunity to use technology to attack one of the biggest problems in the world - the global talent crunch. This insight led Thomas to create Outstaffer in 2020.

    Today, as CEO and Chairman, he leads Outstaffer on its mission to enable companies to overcome the limits of their local talent pool by building software that makes it amazingly simple to find, hire, equip and pay talented workers from around the world compliantly.

Michael Locaso

COO & Executive Director

  • Michael is an experienced Founder, CEO & COO, and investor, having founded and invested in a number of early-stage technology businesses over his career. Michael has a strong passion for building technology centric companies that are solving real-world problems.

    Michael joined Outstaffer 2022 as an investor and became its COO and Executive Director, taking a lead role in securing Outstaffer’s first funding round, and bringing in some of Australia’s leading VC firms and investors.

    Today, as COO and Executive Director, he leads Outstaffer’s global operations and responsible for overseas market entry to enable our customers to find, hire, equip and pay talented workers around the world compliantly.

Jason Serda

Non-Executive Director

  • Jason is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and investor with a legacy of success, inspired early on by his business-savvy family. With numerous exits, he has a proven record in building and selling high-impact businesses.

    Jason has a depth of experience across technology led businesses, including a role as NTT's Global CTO for Services. Through these experiences Jason has developed a charter to access amazing people & fantastic businesses globally that brought and continues to bring unique opportunities such as Outstaffer.

    Jason is currently the Managing Partner of Utiliti Group, which includes Utiliti Ventures, multiple funds, Advisory & International.

    “I am privileged to be working with the team at Outstaffer and to support them to transform their industry and change how people do business”.

Board of advisors

John Poynton AO

Advisory Board Member

  • John is a company director and philanthropist and one of Perth’s most successful investment bankers and corporate advisors. John is an investor in Outstaffer and serves on our advisory board.

    John has more than 40 years of advisory and capital markets experience across equity, debt, infrastructure and property. In parallel with his career as an investment banker, John has also been an active non-executive director of ASX-listed companies, government and education bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

    John is Chair of Strike Energy Ltd, Deputy Chair of Sapien Cyber Ltd, and Non-Executive Director of Perth Airport. He is also a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund.

    In 2006 John was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in the Industry and Commerce category and in 2016, he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Ben Grabiner

Advisory Board Member

  • Ben is a General Partner and co-founder of Side Stage Ventures, a new founder-led seed fund backing the top 1% of founders in Australia. Side Stage Ventures is an investor in Outstaffer and Ben serves on our advisory board.

    Prior to Side Stage Ventures, Ben was a Co-Founder of Platoon, a creator platform that launched the careers of global talent such as Billie Eilish & Jorja Smith and was acquired by Apple in 2018.
    Prior to that, Ben was an investor at a leading UK-based venture fund, LocalGlobe.

    When not helping founders create and scale transformative companies, Ben can usually be found chasing his two toddlers around the park.

Our Investors

We’re backed by leading investors and VCs who believe in our mission

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