New director strengthens top team at The Source


Leading Sheffield training academy The Source has strengthened its senior management team.

Natalie Doherty joins as director of Quality, Curriculum and Innovation.

Liverpudlian Natalie, 45, brings over 20 years of education sector management expertise to The Source, a registered charity that has been helping people into work and training since 2003.

She began her career as a dancer and choreographer, headed to university at the age of 20 for teaching qualifications and a career driving high-quality educational provision across numerous sectors ensued. 

For two years she was Head of Education at a male prison in the East of England, enabling inmates to study subjects ranging from maths to motor vehicle mechanics and construction skills.

She moved into quality control as assistant director of a college in her home city and before moving to The Source was quality manager for  Liverpool training provider The Learning Foundry.

Natalie is passionate about giving people second chances in life through education.

“When I walked into The Source I felt like I’d been there forever. Its ethos of helping people to find their forte in life is exactly in line with mine,” she commented.

“I have worked with people from a cross-section of society, including prisoners, and firmly believe people can change their direction at any point, given the right help and support.”

Tricia Smith, CEO of The Source, said: “We knew instantly Natalie was the right person to enhance our management team. She is dynamic, driven and compassionate and has inspired young people and adults throughout her life. She brings an outstanding record of success to our organisation.”


Natalie Doherty is an eloquent and passionate speaker and can talk to the press about a diverse range of topics, including:

Diversity/BAME - discrimination v opportunities

Natalie grew up in a mixed heritage family and at 11 moved to a predominantly white middle-class neighbourhood. She faced many challenges and was constantly told she was “in the wrong neighbourhood”. She refused to be stereotyped and refused opportunities “by people with very little knowledge of the person I am.”

Finding success/career route after failing exams

Support from parents - My mum was key in softening the blow of not achieving great results at A-Level and supporting me through everything which has preceded that day, says Natalie.

Develop a can-do attitude and a thick skin and push on -  The key to establishing a successful career is based on your attitude, not your exam results, says Natalie.

Her determination and perseverance came from her dance background.

Why too many young people end up in dead-end jobs

Natalie believes many young people do not find the right employment/career because mainstream education does not prepare young people for the world of employment.

Filling a job role can be relatively easy, she says, but often it results in individuals being in jobs where they are not happy and have no career aspirations.

Her advice: Don’t be content with the quick fix; plan for the long term.

The importance of female role models when you’re young, female and non-white

Natalie says: On the journey, I had from being a dancer to a director I found support along the way from some strong women who inspired me to do more and be more. I now strive to inspire girls and young women to achieve.

Mental strength through weight-training

Natalie took up weight training three years ago, joining a ‘grit and iron’ gym with a predominantly male membership. Weight-lifting has led to numerous mental and physical benefits. Her time as a dancer took its toll -  long days, late nights and poor diet.

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