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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



  • Security 2018
  • Cyber!

Walk-in attacks by terrorists with guns, improvised explosive devices, knives & other weapons are happening in 2018. France has started to suffer significant threats from attacks directed at police using vehicles & guns.  Heroic police actions to protect the public have united the country.  In England, an attack using Novichok nerve agent on the former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury  has increased business sensitivity to international tensions & unconventional weapons.

Regulatory compliance with GDPR will be the top challenge for companies in 2018.   Nation State, organised crime and individual hostile cyber actors can be mitigated by well-trained workforce teams & confident, adaptive & innovative leaders. Cloud & third party providers & insider threats add to the regulatory burden on business. When one mastermind criminal can take a billion dollars out of the financial sector in four years the scale of business losses to poor performance in cyber operations is obvious.  Energy, banking and transportation are high risk targets and organisations with static unchanging security practices are possible consequential victims.