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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 attacks, Newrisk Ltd has become part of The Exercise Group7. The TEG7 LLP is a dynamic team drawn from cyber & former special defence fields to exercise organisations & governments on emerging terror threats.  The TEG7 profile can be seen at www.teg7.co.uk.  The level of casualties from shooting attacks (as with the Bataclan (France) in 2015; Brussels airport (Belgium), Ataturk airport (Turkey), Nice beach (France) & Berlin Christmas Market (Germany) in 2016; & La Reina Nightclub (Turkey) in 2017) are the result of military style incursions by terrorists determined to maximise casualties.  Home grown terror threats are increasing in many countries - the New York & New Jersey bombs found in 2016 & the numerous disrupted plots in the UK, Germany & France - indicate serious changes in terror capability which may be made more dynamic as ISIS fighters return to their home countries.

Cyber threats are changing from loss of data & privacy to loss of control of business systems & more seriously reconnaissance attacks on critical infrastructure including energy grids.  The fragility of highly connected systems will become more serious in 2017 with open system dependencies (driven by business innovation).   Degraded capacity operations will become essential if persistent attacks affect critical infrastructure.  Exploiting cyber weaknesses are (i) criminals with ransomware & (ii) nation states aiming to disrupt, deter or signal capability against target countries.  The Ukraine power attacks remain a lesson for critical infrastructure losses.  Aviation remains the industry ‘canary’ for cyber failures & cyber forensics must evolve to close open investigations (as in the case of MH370).