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Dr Sally Leivesley PhD Lond., MSPD, BA (Hons) Qld., FICPEM, FRSA, MACE

As a specialist in catastrophic and extreme risk, Dr Leivesley has a wealth of experience in business continuity and major incident response, including security, CBRNE* incidents, cyber events and general disasters.

Dr Leivesley has acted as a consultant and advisor to the British Home Office Scientific Research and Development Branch (now known as the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST)). In addition, Newrisk Limited, of which Dr Leivesley is a principal adviser, is a member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists and Dr Leivesley acts as an Assessor for the Register which is administered by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). For details of this appointment, please click here.

Further details of Dr Leivesley's background and expertise are accessible through the site menu.

*CBRNE = Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives incidents.

Current Professional Affiliations

Dr Leivesley's current professional affiliations include fellowships with the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (UK) and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. She also holds memberships on the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists which is administered by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Australian College of Education. She is a Member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) Community of Interest and the Independent Information Security Group (IISYG).   

Dr Leivesley holds an Adjunct Appointment to the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute (NSEI) University of Missouri, USA. She is also a member of the Safeguarding Intelligent Buildings, Stakeholder Group, IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology). The Stakeholder Group is working on guidance for principles of security of intelligent buildings.

Dr Leivesley has, in recent years, held memberships with the British Computer Society Information Security Group and the Risk and Security Management Forum (UK).

Previous Professional Appointments

In her previous advisory work, Dr Leivesley has been appointed in her professional capacity as a participant on the Counter Terrorism Advisory Panel for the Metropolitan Police Services, Head of a Review of Industry Health and Safety for the Queensland Government (Australia), Commissioner of Review of Fire Services for the Queensland Government (Australia), Coordinator for the Kingston Toxic Chemical Incident Task Force, Coordinator of the Inland City Recovery Task Force for Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia), as an Honorary Research Adviser for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland (Australia) and as a National Representative on the Australian Chemical Industry Council's National Community Advisory Panel.

Further details on Dr Leivesley's previous professional appointments and advisory work are accessible through the site menu.




Dr Sally Leivesley



  • TEG7
  • Cyber Threats

In response to the Paris & Brussels terror attacks, Newrisk Ltd became a founder member of The Exercise Group7 LLP (TEG7) which is a dynamic team drawn from cyber & former special defence fields to exercise organisations & governments on emerging terror and cyber threats.  The TEG7 profile can be seen at www.teg7.co.uk. The Manchester Arena suicide bombing in May 2017 highlights a new military style of terrorism from ISIS with a greater potential to attack the public & security personnel in many countries.  TEG7 integrates physical & cyber security for corporate exercises to protect against terror & cyber-attacks.

Delta & British Airways have suffered a world-wide loss of aviation business systems as a result of computer system outages.  Newrisk Limited - as part of The Exercise Group7 LLP - conducts exercises in integrated cyber & physical security transformation for companies & governments.  Cyber threats are becoming more serious for critical infrastructure & require new principles in management & exercises of personnel to pre-empt crises. Degraded operations will become a fall-back if persistent attacks continue to exploit vulnerabilities & use ransomware or nation state motivated attacks. The Ukraine power grid attacks are a key lesson for infrastructure protection. Aviation remains the industry ‘canary’ for cyber failures.