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Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA

Foundation Patron

Allan Sparkes is one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens and is also a Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW.  He is only one of five Australians in the past 42 years to receive Australia’s highest bravery decoration and civilian award, the Cross of Valour.  Allan has also been awarded the Commendation for Brave Conduct, for saving the life of an Aboriginal man who had fallen onto the path of an oncoming train at Redfern Railway Station in 2014.  On Australia Day in 2017 Allan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Support organisations and the community. Allan is one of only 10 Australians to receive the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He is also the recipient of the National Police Medal for Service, the Royal Humane Society of NSW Galleghan Award, the NSW Police Commissioners Valour Award (VA), the National Medal for Service  and the NSW Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal.

Allan is an Ambassador for Beyondblue, Soldier On, Australia Day, Kookaburra Kids and he is also a proud supporter of Tribal Warrior Indigenous Youth program and the Indigenous Never Going Back Program at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence at Redfern.  Allan is also a mentor for the Indigenous Police recruiting program, IPROWD, a member of the Mental Health Commission Suicide Prevent Advisory Panel and a member of the NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Team.

A passionate advocate for community programs and organisations that make a difference.  Allan has experienced first-hand very difficult and challenging life events which enable Allan to empathise and understand the needs of our youth, their families and also our broader communities.   He is a firm believer that outcomes in community programs are as critical as the process and is highly committed to supporting organisations that share that same vision.

Allan is also an accomplished international yachtsman who has traversed the oceans of the world.  Allan is also the best-selling author of “The Cost of Bravery” (2013).