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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



  • Terror 2017
  • Cyber 2017

New dangers are appearing from terrorism for the UK & other countries after the failed Parsons Green underground rail bombing.  Greater public preparedness is now important on what to do in an imminent emergency whether arising from bombs, knives, car ramming or shootings. Workplace training & exercising will help many commuters & will be transferred by them to their families & importantly will encourage parents to discuss emergency evacuations & procedures with any children who travel unaccompanied to school each day.   Newrisk Limited which is a founder member of The Exercise Group7 LLP, (TEG7) is now part of the team providing 14 bespoke courses to mitigate risk from cyber & terrorism & to develop greater awareness of protection under catastrophic risk events.   The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk).

Individuals can be encouraged to make their own personal protection plans to empower themselves for any unlikely emergency from terrorism so that they are quickly able to recognise an incident & protect themselves & people close-by to the best of their ability.  Personal plans may include understanding what may be seen or heard or smelt when in proximity to a threat, what materials in clothing give better durability in certain threat situations & what the timelines are for the best chances for survival & mitigation of injury & shock.  Psychological issues in the aftermath of a high threat incident are also important for awareness & self-help & seeking professional help is possible also in these upsetting situations when there has been a near death experience.

Personal information data loss from 400,000 British citizens has been reported by Equifax alongside 143 million Americans in an incident identified in September.  These large data losses provide the criminal world - as well as nation states that use hackers as proxies for defence & commercial information - with the means to undertake identity theft & to attack individuals & companies in many different ways.  Personal history details remain the same throughout life & passwords are frequently used across different areas of activity so that hacking of this scale inevitably exposes the workplace as well as the individual.

Newrisk Limited as part of the TEG7 (The Exercise Group 7 LLP) training initiative, is providing cyber risk mitigation & catastrophic risk training for companies & governments world-wide.  The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk). There are 14 courses designed for cyber & physical security to be managed in an integrated format along with an understanding of the extreme threats which are difficult to recognise but which threaten the sustainability of operations.