Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN New York

Sir Mark Lyall Grant

Biography

After studying law at Cambridge and qualifying as a Barrister at Middle Temple in London, Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant decided against a career in the legal profession and joined the FCO in 1980.

Ambassador Lyall Grant’s first FCO job was handling Namibia in Southern Africa Department. This sparked an interest in African issues, which he followed up sometime later as Private Secretary to the Minister for Africa, a posting as Deputy Head of Mission in Pretoria and then as Director for Africa 2000-2003. Apart from Africa, Ambassador Lyall Grant’s career has focused on the EU and South Asia. He served twice in the EU (Internal), including as Head of Department 1998-2000, once in EU (External), as Counsellor in the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office and as First Secretary in Paris 1990-93.

After leaving London, Ambassador Lyall Grant went on his first overseas posting as Second Secretary, Political, to Islamabad in 1982, and then returned as High Commissioner 2003-2006. After returning from Islamabad the second time, he was Political Director in London from early 2007-October 2009.

Ambassador Lyall Grant’s wife, Sheila, is also a member of the FCO Diplomatic Service, joining a week before he did in 1980. They met on their respective first postings in Islamabad in 1982. Sheila Lyall Grant is currently working at the UK Mission, New York. They have two grown up children.

Ambassador Lyall Grant’s main interests outside work are golf, tennis and bridge.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN New York

The Ambassador’s role is to represent the UK within an international organisation, engaging with every other country or organisation that belongs to or observes the body. The Ambassador is also responsible for the direction and work of the Mission. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.

Announcements

by Sir Mark Lyall Grant

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  1. "The United Kingdom is fully committed to supporting Ukraine"

    • 16 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. “To deter atrocities and achieve justice for victims, perpetrators of genocide must be held accountable for their actions”

    • 16 April 2014
    • Speech
  3. "UK is gravely concerned by events in Eastern Ukraine"

    • 14 April 2014
    • Speech
  4. “Sierra Leone has undergone a remarkable transformation”

    • 26 March 2014
    • Speech
  5. The UK is committed to finding a peaceful, negotiated solution with Iran on the nuclear issue

    • 20 March 2014
    • Speech
  6. "Russia cannot be granted impunity to disregard international law and the UN Charter"

    • 19 March 2014
    • Speech
  7. "2014 is a year full of opportunity for Afghanistan"

    • 17 March 2014
    • Speech
  8. "Violations of children’s rights compromise a country’s future prosperity and ability to build lasting peace"

    • 7 March 2014
    • Speech
  9. "Government in Kiev is legitimate and has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the Ukrainian parliament"

    • 4 March 2014
    • Speech
  10. "We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine"

    • 1 March 2014
    • Speech

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