Dr Venn has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, West Sussex since 1991. He qualified from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1979 and, after training as an SHO and registrar in London, was a lecturer in neuro-anaesthesia at the National Hospital, Queen Square in 1995-96, developing an interest in obstructive sleep apnoea, and its treatment with nasal CPAP. Senior Registrar in the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics in Oxford between 1987 and 1991.
He has been past Head of the South Eastern School of Anaesthesia, past Regional Adviser to the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) for South Thames (East), past Chairman of the South Thames Specialty Training Committee, and an examiner for the Primary FRCA from 1997-2008. An elected member of Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and past Editor of the Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Past Chairman of the Communications Committee and Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of the RCoA.
Dr Venn is founder of the Sleep Disorder Centre in East Grinstead in 1992, now one of the largest centres in sleep medicine in the UK. Past member of Council and past Membership Secretary of the British Sleep Society. He has published in sleep disorders and anaesthesia in journals, books and on the internet. He has lectured at home and abroad in both subjects.
Current clinical interests include the criteria for the treatment of patients with sleep disordered breathing using mandibular advancement splints and, more recently, with bimaxillary and saggital split osteotomy. Special areas of interest include the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and treatments of obstructive sleep apnoea other than with nCPAP.
Current interests in anaesthesia and medicine include the development of an accreditation programme for departments of anaesthesia in the UK, and methods of improving healthcare.
Married to a medical defence litigation lawyer who is a partner at Hempsons in London.
Non-professional interests include: Classical music and the Church organ ( a member of the Guild of Church Musicians), cricket (a member of Surrey County Cricket Club and the MCC), horology ( a member of the British Horological Institute), the history of science, physics and railways, the preservation of steam locomotives and traction engines, model engineering, gardening, classic cars and commercial vehicles.