Stabilisation Unit Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Mark Bryson-Richardson


Mark Bryson-Richardson started his career at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office looking at Gibraltar’s relations with the European Union.  He went on from there to study Arabic in preparation for his first stint in Sudan, which was briefly interrupted to support the British Government’s expansion in Pakistan and Afghanistan following 11 September, 2001.  He spent the next fifteen years overseas in Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, and working in the UK on the Middle East Peace Process and Libya.  Along the way he studied Arabic in Cairo and took some time out to follow his wife to South Africa. In September 2014, Mark was appointed Director of the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit, a cross government civil-military-police team that serves as a centre of expertise for the British Government on conflict, stability, security and justice issues.  The Unit also provides a platform for the National School of Government International, a small, agile team supporting civil service reform overseas, using UK public servants from a range of departments in both short- and long-term advisory roles. Mark is a Trustee for PACT (UK), an International Development NGO focussed on promoting better access to health services and information, better options for earning a dignified living and lasting benefit from the sustainable use of natural resources.