Meet the Team Hover on each of the Team's profile to see more

Gary Bright
Managing Director

Gary is GrainCo's managing director and has been with the company since 1996. Before joining GrainCo, Gary worked for Soufflet which at the time was the largest privately owned agri business in France. Gary's business acumen and driving determination has propelled GrainCo to be one of the leading farmer-owned businesses in the UK. He offers extensive knowledge of world grain markets alongside guidance and support for his team.

Edward Rust
Trading Director
(Scotland)

Ed read Agriculture at Wye College, London University. He was a grain trader in the South of England for 8 years before moving to Scotland 18 years ago.

Charlie Birnie
Commercial Director
(Scotland)

Charlie Birnie is commercial director at GrainCo with responsibility for malting barley in Scotland. Charlie has worked in the agricultural trade for well over 20 years, first with SAI then Dalgety. Charlie, being a farmer himself, sees the trade from both sides helping him when talking to farmers about first hand experience and helping in their decision making.

James Chapmen
Domestic Trader

James joined the company in 1999 after graduating from Harper Adams, he is a senior trader within the company specialising in Malting Barley, Milling Oats, Pulses and Oilseeds. He is a farmer's son from Catterick and offers extensive knowledge of grain markets. His knowledge is very well respected in the grain trade.

Keith Golesworthy
Trader (Scotland)

Keith Golesworthy has worked in the Grain Trade for over 35 years. He began his career at Kenneth Wilson's head office in England quickly moving from The transport department to the Trading Desk. He has worked in Scotland for 18 years now and has been with GrainCo Scotland since its inception. As well as overseeing the administration, Keith also trades Malting Barley, Milling Oats, Wheat & Barley. He is a past President of the Manchester Corn Trade and is also the current President of the Scottish Corn Trade.

Jonathan Pearse
Domestic Trader

Jonathan has worked for GrainCo since it was established in 1996. He is the most senior trader on the desk specialising in feed and milling wheat. He has been in the grain trade since 1984 and offers invaluable grain market information to both staff and clients.

David Young
Farm Buyer

David, the son of a Northumberland farmer, has worked for GrainCo since 2009. Prior to that David spent 27 years at NIAB, running variety trials on arable crops from the Regional Centre at Cockle Park near Morpeth, Northumberland. David uses his experience to compile our preferred variety list. He is BASIS and FACTS qualified and is available to recommend farmers on all aspects of seed varieties.

Simon Thomson
Farm Trader

Simon joined Grainco Scotland in 2011 after graduating from Strathclyde University. He now works as a grain buyer for the company, building and maintaining a client base from the new office in Central Scotland.

Doug Gray
Business
Development/Trader

Doug, a farmer's son from Northumberland, joined GrainCo as Business Development Manager in January 2011. He previously worked for EFFP, Dairy Farmers of Britain and Promar. Doug has been able to use his knowledge of developing grain stores to expand GrainCo as a business, as well as supporting both the trading and inputs team.

Robin Swinburn
Farm Trader

Robin has been part of GrainCo from day one of the business. He has over 45 years of agricultural experience dating back to family farming connections. Robin is one of the most established buyers on the trading desk with vast knowledge of the grain, seed and fertiliser industry. He is fully BASIS and FACTS qualified and is a familiar figure in farming in County Durham.

Elliot Whittingham
Farm Trader

Elliot joined Grainco after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. He joined the trading desk in 2012 and has also been gaining experience in different areas of the business.

Richard Allinson
Agronomist

Richard has worked for Tynegrain for well over 20 years, prior to which he worked for the NFU, Rickerbys and WCF. He is both BASIS and FACTS qualified offering a high quality agronomy service to around 13,000 acres throughout the North East of England.

James Clark
Farm Trader

James is a farmer's son from the Lothians. He graduated from Newcastle University in 2010, joining the GrainCo trading desk immediately after graduation. He is currently working hard establishing and servicing a client base in Southern Scotland and North Northumberland.

Michael Temple
Farm Trader

Mike, a farmer's son from East Yorkshire, joined the GrainCo trading desk in the summer of 2012 having graduated from Harper Adams where he studied Agriculture. Mike is based in the Yorkshire Wolds, servicing an existing client base and working to expand GrainCo's coverage in the area.

Hayley Mitchell
Farm Trader

Hayley left school in 2008, a farmer's daughter she spent her first harvest working in one of our inland stores. She joined our team as trading administrator and is now an integral member of the trading desk dealing with both grain and inputs admin.

Tony Ault
Farm Trader

Tony is on the trading desk to specialise in the procurement of grain in the Yorkshire area and offers services such as the selling of seed, fertiliser and animal feedstuffs, plus managing the trading of farm to farm grain.

Tom Carmichael
Farm Trader

Tom joined Grainco in 2012 after gaining a degree in Automotive Engineering at Sunderland University. He now administering input purchases and sales. As a Northumberland farmer's son he has a good background in Agriculture is rapidly gaining a good technical knowledge of our products and services. He is currently servicing an established and growing client base in the Northumberland area.

Gavin Will
Commercial Manager
(Scotland)

Gavin started his career as a trainee with Dalgety before moving on to the grain desk at cooperative Grainfarmers which later became Openfield. Gavin has been forging long term partnerships with Scottish growers for 14 years and continues to advise professional growers on effective grain storage, marketing and varietal selection as well as crop nutrition as a FACTS qualified advisor. Gavin works from the office in Central Scotland