Mark Lyall Grant

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His Excellency
Sir Mark Lyall Grant
Mark Lyall-Grant - Chatham House 2011.jpg
Mark Lyall Grant speaking at Chatham House in 2011
British Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
1 November 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by John Sawers
Director-General for Political Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
In office
Preceded by John Sawers
Succeeded by Geoffrey Adams
Personal details
Born (1956-05-29) 29 May 1956 (age 58)
United Kingdom
Alma mater Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir Mark Justin Lyall Grant, KCMG (born 29 May 1956) is a British diplomat who currently serves as Her Britannic Majesty's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.


Lyall Grant was educated at Eton College[1] and read law at Trinity College, Cambridge.

His wife, Sheila, is also a diplomat. In April 2012, Lady Lyall Grant, with Huberta von Voss Wittig, made a video appeal to Asma al-Assad, calling on the Syrian first lady to take a stand against violence in her country.[2] The Lyall Grants have a son and a daughter.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Since November 2009 he has been the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN).[3] He has thrice held the office of President of the United Nations Security Council, during the months of November 2010, March 2012, and June 2013.

Lyall Grant was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) on 31 December 2002[4] and a Knight Commander of the same order (KCMG) on 17 June 2006.[5]

Foreign and Commonwealth Office career timeline[edit]

  • 2009– British Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • 2007–2009 FCO, Director General for Political Affairs
  • 2003–2006 High Commissioner to Pakistan
  • 2000–2003 FCO director, Africa
  • 1998–2000 Head, European Union department, FCO
  • 1996–1998 Deputy High Commissioner and Consul General, South Africa
  • 1994–1996 Seconded to European Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • 1990–1993 First Secretary, Paris
  • 1987–1989 Private Secretary to Minister of State, FCO
  • 1985–1987 FCO
  • 1982–1985 Second Secretary, Islamabad
  • 1980–1982 FCO, worked in Southern Africa department


  1. ^ Who's Who, 2006
  2. ^ BBC News website
  3. ^
  4. ^ New Year’s Honours List — United Kingdom - The London Gazette, 31 December 2002, Supplement No. 1 S3
  5. ^ Birthday Honours List — United Kingdom - The London Gazette, 17 June 2006, Supplement No. 1 B3

Offices held[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Sawers
Director-General, Political of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Adams
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir John Sawers
United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Succeeded by