Director, UK Government Stabilisation Unit
Mark Bryson-Richardson


Mark Bryson-Richardson 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, in September 2014. He started his career at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office looking at Gibraltar’s relations with the European Union, then went on 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 after 11 September 2001.  He spent the next 15 years overseas in Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, and working in the UK on the Middle East Peace Process and Libya. He is a Trustee for PACT (UK), an International Development NGO focused 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.