Mark Sedwill Biography
Mark Sedwill is a British diplomat and senior civil servant who has served as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service since 2018. He has served as National Security Adviser since 2017. He previously served as the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 and as the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2010. He was the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from February 2013 to April 2017.
Mark Sedwill Age
Mark Sedwill was born as Sir Mark Philip Sedwill KCMG on 21 October 1964 in Ealing, London, United Kingdom. He is 54 years old as of 2018.
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Sedwill married in 1999 and has one daughter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Mark Sedwill Education
He went to Bourne Grammar School in Bourne, Lincolnshire, becoming the Head Boy. He went to the University of St Andrews, where he gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc), and later gained a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in economics from St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Mark Sedwill Career
Sedwill joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989. He served in the Security Coordination Department and the Gulf War Emergency Unit until 1991.
He was later posted in Cairo, Egypt, from 1991 to 1994 as a Second Secretary, then First Secretary in Iraq from 1996 to 1997 whilst serving as a United Nations weapons inspector, then in Nicosia, Cyprus, as First Secretary for Political-Military Affairs and Counterterrorism from 1997 to 1999. He was the Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2000 to 2002 in the run-up to and preparations for the 2003 Iraq invasion.
He then served as the Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, based in Islamabad from 2003 to 2005, then the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Foreign Office. From 2006 to 2008, he served as International Director of the UK Border Agency, part of the Home Office.
In April 2009, he became the Ambassador to Afghanistan, succeeding Sherard Cowper-Coles. In January 2010, he was additionally appointed as NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, to be the civilian counterpart to the ISAF Commander, U.S. General Stanley A. McChrystal and then U.S. General David Petraeus. He was succeeded as ambassador temporarily by his predecessor, Cowper-Coles, and then by William Patey, formerly British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. In May 2011, Sedwill took over as the FCO’s Director-General for Afghanistan and Pakistan from Karen Pierce CMG. He additionally became the FCO’s Director-General, Political in Autumn 2012, replacing Geoffrey Adams.
In February 2013, Sedwill became the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, filling the vacancy left by Helen Ghosh.Sedwill replaced Mark Lyall Grant as National Security Adviser in the Cabinet Office in April 2017.
He became acting Cabinet Secretary in June 2018, while Jeremy Heywood took a leave of absence on medical grounds, and was appointed to replace Heywood on his retirement on 24 October 2018. He is the second Cabinet Secretary never to have worked at HM Treasury, and the first whose career has been dominated by diplomatic and security work. He was described as the “Prime Minister’s first and only choice” to replace Heywood, with no recruitment process taking place, with some suggesting the urgency of arrangements for the UK’s departure from the European Union as a reason for the quick appointment. Prime Minister Theresa May was criticised for allowing Sedwill to remain as National Security Adviser alongside his role as Cabinet Secretary, with speculation that the role was being kept for Europe adviser Oliver Robbins.
Mark Sedwill News
Amid India-Pak Tensions, UK National Security Advisor Dials Ajit Doval
In his phone call to Ajit Doval, UK National Security Adviser Mark Sedwil said all assistance in dealing with any form of terrorism will be extended to India.
Mr Sedwill also expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack
The British NSA said all assistance in dealing with any form of terrorism will be extended to India bilaterally through counter-terrorism cooperation, intelligence-sharing and by bringing the perpetrators of terror attacks to justice, the sources added.
The phone conversation between the two NSAs came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers lost their lives.
In retaliation, Indian Air Force combat jets struck Jaish’s biggest terror training camp in Balakot on February 26. A day later, Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations.