Formal Qualifications:
B.Sc. (First Class Hons.) Flinders University (1971)
PhD. (Microbiology) Australian National University (1974)
B.Ec. Australian National University (1981)
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    Dr Venning impressed the Tribunal as a person who guarded his independence and sought to form his own independent view
    Mr R.P.Handley, Presiding AAT in Zoffanies vs Commissioner of Taxation
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    Dr Venning acted professionally from an informed scientific and economic background
    Mr R.P.Handley, Presiding AAT in Zoffanies vs Commissioner of Taxation
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    Dr Venning….. supported his assertions with rational explanations. The more he was questioned the more persuasive were his answers.
    The Hon R.N.J. Purvis, Presiding AAT in The Taxpayer vs Commissioner of Taxation
1992-2018
Operation of own business valuing intangible assets and reviewing technology projects and their commercialisation
2002-2005
Director, CircleCom (listed on ASX) - now retired
1998-2008
Director, Tele-IP (listed on ASX) - now retired
1988-1991
Consultant with technology consultancy company Invetech Operations. Major activities were technology valuation, advice to research corporations, Australian and foreign governments and companies on commercialisation of technology
1987
General Manager, Project Evaluation of Biotechnology Australia Pty. Ltd. Evaluation of research projects for eventual commercialisation.
1983-1986
Counsellor (Energy, Science and Technology), Australian Embassy Tokyo. Adviser to the Australian Government and industry on technical developments in Japan with emphasis on commercial aspects. Establishment of information distribution network on developments in Japan.
1980-1982
Secretariat of Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC) advisory body to Prime Minister. Main area of activity was financing and promotion of research and development in Australia.
1975-1980
Department of Foreign Affairs. posting to Italy - political and economic reporting, defence liaison. Assistant to Senior Adviser on Science, Technology and the Environment.