Permanent Secretary

Mark Sedwill


Mark took up the post of Permanent Secretary at the Home Office on 1 February 2013. He was previously Director General (political) at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mark studied at St Andrews and Oxford universities before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1989. His first overseas posting in 1991 was as a Second Secretary in Cairo, followed by First Secretary in Iraq, then in Nicosia. Subsequent positions are as follows:

  • Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretaries Robin Cook and Jack Straw in the run up to the 2003 Iraq invasion
  • Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, 2003 to 2006
  • Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Department, 2006
  • International Director at the UK Border Agency up to 2008
  • Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2009
  • NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, 2010
  • Director General Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2010 to 2012, now expanded to include the rest of South Asia.

Permanent Secretary

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Political

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • 2011 to 2013


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