Simon Venus

LLB/LP (Hons) Flin, GradDipLegalStud Flin, BA Adel

Board Member & Convenor Corporate Governance Committee

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 is a member of the Agribusiness Advisory Board at the University of Adelaide, sits on a number of client boards and agribusiness advisory committees and has been a trustee of several charitable organisations. He has been a director of Agribusiness Australia Ltd and was an inaugural member of the SA Agribusiness Council, and advisory body hand-picked by the then Minister for Agriculture.

Simon is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia and has extensive experience acting on corporate and commercial transactions in the Australian agribusiness sector.  He has represented a wide range of clients nationally from family businesses and not-for-profits to corporate enterprises and institutional investors.  He is closely attuned to factors impacting on rural and regional businesses including natural disasters, commodity prices, water access and pricing and access to capital and markets.

Simon has consistently been included in the peer awarded Best Lawyers list, including in the practice area of ‘Agriculture & Rural Affairs’ and is ranked as ‘Preeminent’ by Doyle’s Guide in its Agribusiness Law Rankings.

He has extensive experience advising boards and executives of not-for-profit entities in relation to risk-related issues, including corporate governance and compliance, risk management and strategy.  He brings these skills to the RBS Board as convenor of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Simon also has hands-on agricultural industry experience, having worked as a jackaroo and overseer on large station properties before becoming a lawyer.  He maintains a strong commitment to community involvement, supporting several rural and regional initiatives and providing pro bono advice.

Twenty years since entering the legal profession, Simon remains passionate about agriculture, part-owning a vineyard at Barmera and being actively involved in a family farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula.