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
In office
1 November 2009 – May 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by John Sawers
Succeeded by Matthew Rycroft
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 59)
United Kingdom
Alma mater Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir Mark Justin Lyall Grant KCMG (born 29 May 1956) is a senior British diplomat who most recently served as Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations.


Lyall Grant was educated at Eton College and read law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple, London before deciding to join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980.[1]

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. Lyall Grant enjoys in his spare time a spot of golf, tennis, or bridge.[3]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Lyall Grant was British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) from 2009 to 2015.[3][4] He held the office of President of the United Nations Security Council four times, during the months of November 2010, March 2012, June 2013, and August 2014.

On 15 August 2014 under the chairmanship of Lyall Grant, the Security Council delivered itself of unanimous Resolution 2170,[5] which traduced members of ISIS, brought enforceable sanctions to some including weapons suppliers, and laid the groundwork for future military action against the group.[6] The draft resolution[7] and the final resolution[8] differ chiefly in that only the latter lists as Annex the six persons that are affected by the sanctions regime:

  1. Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al Dabidi al Jahani
  2. Hajjaj Bin Fahd Al Ajmi
  3. Abou Mohamed al Adnani
  4. Said Arif
  5. Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Charekh
  6. Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali

Lyall Grant was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) on 31 December 2002[9] and a Knight Commander of the same order (KCMG) on 17 June 2006.[10]

Foreign and Commonwealth Office career timeline[edit]

  • 2009–2015 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


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
Matthew Rycroft

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