Sixth Form Lecture with Sir Mark Lyall Grant

The Sixth Form recently received a fascinating insiders’ view of world diplomacy from Sir Mark Lyall Grant.

Drawing from a thirty-five-year career in government service, Sir Mark discussed the future of British power following Brexit and current challenges to the liberal, rules-based world order. Following his lecture, he received questions from the girls on topics ranging from reform of the Security Council to the skills required to be a successful international negotiator.

Sir Mark served as National Security Adviser to Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May. He was also Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations in New York. During that time, he served as President of the Security Council on four occasions.

Following his talk, Sir Mark joined the School’s Model UN team for dinner and a discussion of what work at the international organisation is really like.

The Sixth Form Lecture series is designed to expose the girls to a range of interesting and challenging ideas from outside the academic curriculum. This term’s speakers have also included television historian Suzannah Lipscomb, and politician and businessperson Baroness Bottomley.