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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



  • 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.