Ambassador – Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA
Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW
Allan Sparkes is a Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW. Allan is also one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens. He is one of only five Australians in the past 41 years to receive Australia’s highest bravery decoration and civilian award, the Cross of Valour.
In August 2016, the Governor General of Australia announced Allan was to be awarded a subsequent Australian Bravery Decoration, the Commendation for Brave Conduct for saving the life of an aboriginal man who had fallen onto train tracks at Redfern Railway Station in 2014.
On Australia Day 2017, The Governor General of Australia has also announced Allan had been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Support Organisations and the Community. No other Australian has ever received these three honours. Allan is a passionate advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.