Irwin Turbitt

Irwin Turbitt

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Irwin Turbitt is a director of the Kafka Brigade, an organisation that works to create ‘public value’ for people struggling with intractable complex social problems through the practice of adaptive leadership.

Irwin is an associate of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds University Business School and an Ash research fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was formerly a senior officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and with the Police and Crime Standards Directorate (PCSD) in the UK Home Office. 

Irwin retired from the Police Service of Northern Ireland as an assistant chief constable in June 2006 on completion of a secondment to the PCSD. Prior to September 2001, Irwin was seconded to the Home Office National Police Training College at Bramshill in Hampshire, where he was Head of the Performance Development Unit. 

In PCSD, Irwin led on national projects and he was deeply involved in initiatives to reduce violent crime and alcohol misuse, with its link to public disorder.

As part of his contribution to creating an agreed and peaceful society in Ireland, Irwin is a founding member of the Glencree Sustainable Peace Programme, which brings together former enemies using wilderness and sustainability as a means of cultivating leaders in peaceful relationships.

Irwin has a first degree in Public Sector Administration from the University of Ulster, a postgraduate Diploma in Risk and Security Management from Leicester University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Warwick Business School.