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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



  • Cyber
  • Nuclear

Prepare for the unexpected. New forms of attack will be unexpected in time, tactics and consequences and may include kinetic attacks on undersea cables and space infrastructure. 

Questions to Consider:
Does the organisation have a capacity to fast switch to other cloud, in-house server or hot site operations to limit recovery time? Are there diagnostics for sensors and control systems and the interface with operations?  Could a global security crisis in the South and East China Seas and flash points elsewhere (including Europe) target an organisation’s upstream cyber providers?  Other resilience tasks to check are:

  • - Competent external recovery services;
  • - Internal policies for real time back- up systems unconnected to live operations;
  • - Financial resources for full re-build after ransomware;
  • - Internal policies to avert ransomware payments; 
  • - Cooperative recovery planning with industry peers;
  • - Regular modular and  whole of organisation exercises;
- Multiple scenario tests for strength of preparedness.

 Nations signalling intent of conflict.
 Energy regeneration challenges.

Nuclear conflict and radiation incidents are a high risk for some regions.  Nations are engaging in
‘signalling’ capability of weapons and intent. The most frequent signals are coming from China in
relation to Taiwan; the USA in relation to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea; Russia in
sending Zircon hypersonic missiles onto naval voyages into the Atlantic, movement of nuclear
weapons to Belarus and threats to Ukraine; North Korea in frequency of missile tests including
submarine launched missiles and drones; and Iran’s apparent nuclear enrichment found to be at
84% purity.

Planning for Energy Regeneration Post Nuclear Conflict:
1. Hardened energy infrastructure;
2. Academic and Industry collaborative Programmes;
3. Small Modular Reactors built underground;
4. Supplemental critical control system separated from IOT; and
5. Energy planning for rail transportation of populations.