Chairman Northern Ireland Party Board
Irwin was born on a small farm at Clough near Ballymena. He attended Ballymena Academy before moving to Belfast College of Business Studies and the University of Ulster. Here he completed his accountancy studies and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and then a Fellow of the Institute.
Irwin worked in industry for several years before joining the Northern Ireland Development Agency, where he was involved in many International manufacturing projects. When the agency was absorbed into the civil service he left to set up a Management Consultancy specialising in Finance and Marketing. The company, now nearing its 30th anniversary, has had clients in the Far East, Middle East, Russia, East and Western Europe and North America. Irwin has been involved in the start up of several businesses and in 2005 he founded CIGA Healthcare, a multi award winning family company, specialising in Rapid Test Diagnostics which has grown swiftly supplying most major UK multiples and the NHS in the UK. It has distribution in over 40 export countries.
Irwin been a member of the Conservative Party since 1997 and he's currently Chairman of the Executive in Northern Ireland.
He is married to Sally and has two sons and three grandchildren.