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Insurance: Overview

Newrisk Limited is available to assist organisations and governments with advice on risk and insurance issues, including extreme and catastrophic risks. Newrisk Limited has previously presented at industry body and insurer meetings on issues related to insurance and catastrophic risk. Further information on the specific risks facing insurers and re-insurers is available under relevant expertise headings in the site menu.

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, commenced her career in catastrophic risk when a severe hailstorm disaster devastated part of Toowoomba, an inland city in Australia. Dr Leivesley was appointed as coordinator of this pioneering disaster recovery effort, which was established by the Queensland State Government and she reported to the Cabinet on the city's recovery over a period of five months. In this time she worked closely with the insurance industry for a speedy recovery of households in the city and recovery of special interest groups (such as farms that had lost crops as a result of the severe hail).

Dr Leivesley has also worked for the insurance sector by providing exercises on catastrophic risk to international corporations under threat of terrorism. These exercises included corporations pre-emptively preparing for recovery and the development of special skills for recovery and risk management. Operational risk assessments formed part of these major business disruption incident exercises, along with crisis response, business continuity planning, role-playing presentations to the board of directors and a debriefing session.

Newrisk Limited has previously provided lectures, conference papers, workshops and publications on insurance issues. Further information on these lectures, conference papers, workshops and publications is available by following this link.

To request assistance in respect of insurance issues facing your organisation or government or to discuss a tailored package of services, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.


Other Areas of Expertise

Newrisk Limited's areas of expertise cover the preparation for, and response to, catastrophic and extreme risk events as well as major incidents and business continuity.

Dr Leivesley is, on behalf of Newrisk Limited, ideally qualified to provide advisory services to organisations and governments and her practice background, publications, presentations and media are listed under the following areas of expertise:

Audit Assurance Risk Aviation Expertise Biological Expertise Catastrophic RiskCBRNE Expertise Chemical Threats Continuity Planning Expertise Criminal Justice Expertise Cyber Security Expertise Defence and Policing Disasters Expertise Education Expertise Emergency Services Expertise Explosives Incidents Financial Threats Expertise London in 2012 Nuclear Incidents Radiological Incidents Reputation Management Expertise Risk Management Expertise Terrorism & Security Expertise Transportation Security Expertise

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with any of these areas of expertise or to discuss a tailored package of services, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

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.