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’.

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  1. Syria: 'It is the greatest regret of my time in New York that we failed to end the fighting and stop the humanitarian catastrophe in the region'

    • 24 April 2015
    • Speech
  2. "Countering violent extremism is one of the most pressing international challenges that we face"

    • 23 April 2015
    • Speech
  3. 'While we must all take steps to tackle extremism overseas, we cannot lose focus of our domestic responsibilities.'

    • 21 April 2015
    • Speech
  4. "The regional turmoil we are witnessing only reinforces the importance of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict."

    • 21 April 2015
    • Speech
  5. "A political solution in Yemen remains the best way to counter the growing threat from terrorist groups"

    • 15 April 2015
    • Speech
  6. The United Kingdom welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolutions 2213 and 2214.

    • 27 March 2015
    • Speech
  7. "This Council must do its utmost to protect children and to give a strong voice to those most vulnerable."

    • 25 March 2015
    • Speech
  8. "We must not lose sight of how far Afghanistan has come in the past year."

    • 17 March 2015
    • Speech
  9. "EU-UN cooperation has proved its worth on many occasions."

    • 9 March 2015
    • Speech
  10. Latest UN report shows growing levels of human rights violations in Ukraine

    • 6 March 2015
    • Speech