Allan Sparkes previously served for 20 years as a frontline police officer. He is the only Australian to be awarded both Australia’s highest civil award, the Cross of Valour, (CV) and a subsequent Australian Bravery Decoration, the Commendation for Brave Conduct. He is also one of only 10 Australians to be presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal along with other significant awards for bravery, valour and service, including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to mental health organisations and the community, making him one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens. Allan is the Patron of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation and he is an ambassador for beyondblue, Australia Day, Soldier On and Kookaburra Kids. He is also a member of the NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Training team and the Commission’s Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. Through his personal story of recovery from mental health issues, Allan hopes to inspire others, and to persuade governments and the mental health sector to work more proactively to help people in acute distress.
Alan Sparkes' appointment as Deputy Commissioner is from December 2016 until November 2021.