Anne Bonnar co-founded Bonnar Keenlyside in 1991 following a career in theatre and arts management in Scotland and London including as a production associate for a West End producer, theatre manager at the Young Vic and marketing manager at the Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow. She has specific expertise in PR and marketing, producing and touring theatre commercially, both in Scotland and internationally.
Anne has extensive experience in working with arts clients to explore multiple options, and carry out the design and delivery of major change projects. Her expert specialisms include:
- designing and leading organisational change and development;
- working with cultural leaders in developing and achieving shared visions;
- in-depth holistic analysis of artistic organisations including artistic activity, positioning, financial performance and organisational structures and skills.
I have been privileged to work with Anne Bonnar several times in the past 20 years including on a major organisational review of the Macrobert Arts Centre/ More recently as Director of Gulbenkian at the University of Kent I worked with Anne to carry out a complete review of organisation leading to a restructuring and new vision for the organisation. We also worked with Anne on a successful bid for National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England in 2014.
Anne has been a brilliant mentor to me and to the organisations I have worked with. She is refreshingly honest and challenging in a constructive way that encourages fresh and innovative thinking. Gulbenkian is one of very few arts organisations to have secured ‘exceptional’ funding as a National Portfolio Organisation 2018-2022. Anne has played an important role in achievements to date and I look forward to working with her in the future.
Liz Moran | Director of Arts and Culture
University of Kent
As General Manager of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, she led the transformation of Scotland’s theatre for new writing from being a membership club in a back alley to a fully public theatre in a new home. This role included managing the capital project, through a mixed-use development project and planning gain project, and raising the funds – the project was on time and in budget.
Anne is currently Chair of Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. She was a founding Director of the National Theatre of Scotland and Chair of its Finance Committee. In her role at NTS she supported the inaugural director in developing and delivering a detailed business plan for this innovative producing theatre. She served as a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland for eight years and Director of NGS Enterprises, and is a former chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre.
Anne Bonnar led the creation of Culture Counts, a grouping of over 45 groups and umbrella agencies across the arts, creative industries and heritage in Scotland which advocates for the value of culture to life in Scotland. An accredited coach and advanced facilitator, she mentors arts professionals and leads training in organisational development.
In 2009 she was Transition Director for Creative Scotland. She is an Associate Fellow of Edinburgh’s Napier University. She contributes regularly to publications and academic cultural journals.
Anne heads up Bonnar Keenlyside Scotland, based in Edinburgh’s old town.