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Radiological Incidents and Dirty Bombs: Overview

Newrisk Limited is available to advise organisations and governments on radiological incidents and dirty bombs.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have previous experience in advising organisations and governments on radiological incidents and the threat of contamination arising as a result of a dirty bomb. Dr Leivesley trained as a Scientific Adviser with the Home Office and undertook further studies in Advanced Radiobiology for this work.

Since 2011, Dr Leivesley has undertaken extensive research on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident (arising as a result of the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011). Extensive research into the daily risks to the affected region and to Tokyo from the release of radiation from the nuclear power plant accident has provided a basis for analysis of the potential effects of radiation from dirty bombs on major cities with important international financial roles. Papers will be forthcoming (throughout 2012) on the Fukushima effect and the lessons for the protection of populations, halting secondary radiation contamination of the environment and critical infrastructure as well as recovery from future severe nuclear incidents that may arise from terrorist acts or international conflicts. For further details on Newrisk Limited's specific expertise on Fukushima, please click here.

For previous lectures, conference papers, workshops, publications and commentary on radiological incidents and dirty bombs, please click here.

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a radiological incidents and dirty bombs, 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 Insurance Expertise London in 2012 Nuclear 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



  • 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.