The ambassador network is made up of high-profile business leaders who represent and promote the IoD in their area, and grow the region’s voice on national policy matters.
Mr Doherty, who is based in Deepcar, near Sheffield, has held board-level roles in the private and public sectors.
His previous employers include Liberata, Northgate Information Solutions, Kendric Ash and Mitie Group.
He is currently managing director of transformation and change management specialist Doherty Solutions. He is also a director of the Steel City Schools Partnership (SCSP), an education academy trust.
Mr Doherty said: “For me, the strength of the IoD has always been the quality of its networking and events, which enable people to hear from specialists while transferring knowledge and experience.
“I also hope to use my academy experience to highlight how we can shape the role that education plays in meeting the needs of business.”
Jonathan Oxley, the chairman of the institute in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Paul joins our team of ambassadors at an important time as we introduce innovative new memberships and tools that enable directors of all ages to connect, learn and share experiences.”