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

Sir Mark Lyall Grant


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. The United Kingdom welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolutions 2213 and 2214.

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

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

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

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

    • 6 March 2015
    • Speech
  6. "Next month will see the start of the fifth year of conflict in Syria"

    • 27 February 2015
    • Speech
  7. "OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is essential to the implementation of the Minsk agreements"

    • 24 February 2015
    • Speech
  8. "70 years ago, the UN Charter established the three founding pillars of the UN system: peace and security, human rights, and development."

    • 23 February 2015
    • Speech
  9. "It is vital that the ceasefire is respected in full and upheld across all of eastern Ukraine"

    • 17 February 2015
    • Speech
  10. "The Houthis must take responsibility for their actions and stop using violence and coercion as political tools"

    • 15 February 2015
    • Speech