Mark Lyall Grant

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Person.png Mark Lyall Grant  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born29 May 1956
United Kingdom
Alma materEton College, Trinity College (Cambridge)
SpouseSheila Grant
Member ofChatham House/Governors
Former senior British diplomat and National Security Adviser. Member of the Governance of the deep state think tank Chatham House.

Employment.png United Kingdom National Security Adviser

In office
7 September 2015 - 13 April 2017
Preceded byKim Darroch

Sir Mark Justin Lyall Grant is a former senior British diplomat who was previously the United Kingdom's National Security Adviser and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations. He is a member of the Governance of the deep state think tank Chatham House.


Born in Hammersmith to Mary (née Moore) and Maj Gen Ian Lyall Grant MC,[1] Grant was educated at Eton College and read law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple, London before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980.[2]

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.[3] The Lyall Grants have a son and a daughter. Lyall Grant's spare time activities include golf, tennis, and bridge.[4]

Diplomatic career

Lyall Grant was British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) from 2009 to 2015.[4][5] He held the office of President of the United Nations Security Council four times: in November 2010, March 2012, June 2013, and August 2014.

Lyall Grant was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours before being promoted to Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 2006 Birthday Honours and a Knight Grand Cross in the 2018 New Year Honours.[6][7][8]

On 7 July 2015, Number 10 Downing St announced that Lyall Grant would replace Sir Kim Darroch as the United Kingdom's National Security Advisor on 7 September 2015, with Darroch moving to a different diplomatic post.[9] As of September 2015, Lyall Grant was paid a salary of between £160,000 and £164,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[10] On 27 February 2017 it was announced that Lyall Grant would retire in April and be replaced by the Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill.[11]

Foreign and Commonwealth Office career timeline

  • 2015–17 National Security Adviser
  • 2009–15 British Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • 2007–09 FCO, Director General for Political Affairs
  • 2003–06 High Commissioner to Pakistan
  • 2000–03 FCO director, Africa
  • 1998–2000 Head, European Union department, FCO
  • 1996–98 Deputy High Commissioner and Consul General, South Africa
  • 1994–96 Seconded to European Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • 1990–93 First Secretary, Paris
  • 1987–89 Private Secretary to Minister of State, FCO
  • 1985–87 FCO
  • 1982–85 Second Secretary, Islamabad
  • 1980–82 FCO, worked in Southern Africa department

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