Speakers Profile - Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA

Inspirational Speaker & Best Selling Author

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Allan Sparkes CV,OAM,VA,FRSN Allan is an internationally renowned presenter and keynote speaker. He is one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens, not only being one of 5 Australians in the past 45 years to awarded the Cross of Valour (CV) Australia’s highest bravery decoration, but also the only Australian to be awarded a subsequent National bravery decoration, the Commendation for Brave Conduct. He has also been awarded other significant awards for bravery and service including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Organisations and the Community. Having a lived experience of trauma related mental illnesses and recovery, Allan is a passionate advocate for proactive approaches and greater education relating to the physiological risks being faced in today’s society. He is a former Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW, a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, the Chairman of the National Police Bravery Awards Committee, Non-Executive Board Member of the Gidget Foundation, a member of the NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Team, Foundation Patron of the Stay Kind Foundation and an Ambassador for Australia Day and Kookaburra Kids. He is a best-selling author with Penguin Random House Australia and a self-confessed rugby tragic.