Mick Dawson was educated at the Catholic University School and the College of Commerce, Rathmines and was appointed Chief Executive of the Leinster Branch IRFU in 2001 after 20 years with Davy Stockbrokers where he worked in the institutional government bonds department.
He played hooker for Lansdowne FC, whom he captained and coached at various levels for many years. He managed the Lansdowne 1st XV for three years and between 1998-2001 held the position of Director of Rugby. He has also represented Lansdowne on the First Division Clubs Association of the All-Ireland League.
Mick was appointed as Chief Executive of Leinster in November 2001.