Simon joined the board of Rural Business Support in October 2018, bringing a wealth of experience to the role as a partner at national law firm Piper Alderman and Head of the firm’s Agribusiness Practice Group.
He has been a Director of Agribusiness Australia and an inaugural member of the SA Agribusiness Council. Mr Venus also is a member of the Agribusiness Advisory Board at the University of Adelaide as well as a trustee of several charitable organisations.
Mr Venus has extensive experience acting on corporate and commercial transactions in the Australian agribusiness sector and has represented a wide range of clients from family businesses and not-for-profits to corporate enterprises and institutional investors.
He also boasts hands-on agricultural industry experience, having worked as a jackaroo and overseer on station properties before becoming a lawyer.
Twenty years since entering the legal profession, Mr Venus remains passionate about agriculture, part-owning a vineyard at Barmera and being actively involved in a family farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula.