Meet the Team


CRM Agri James Bolesworth Grain Marketing

James Bolesworth | Managing Director

With a decade spent in grain markets providing strategic market and risk management advice to agribusinesses across Europe, James oversees the strategic decisions made within the marketing strategies as well as directly advising agribusinesses and managing the business strategy of CRM AgriCommodities. James holds an Investment Advice Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and a degree in Business Management (International Agribusiness) from the Royal Agricultural University.

Peter Collier | Senior Analyst/ Advisor

Peter joined CRM Agri from the AHDB Market Intelligence department, where he worked with commercial operations providing market insights. Peter uses the experience and skills gained to cover the global and domestic commodity market drivers. Conveying the research that goes into formulating our strategies alongside creating research material. Peter comes from a science background having studied biological sciences, followed by a masters in sustainable agriculture and economics from Exeter University.

Richard Whitlock | Consultant

Richard spent 35 years in the agricultural merchanting sector trading combinable crops. He started with Sidney C Banks Ltd ultimately becoming grain director. Following mergers he joined Banks Cargill and subsequently Frontier Agriculture. He has been a director of the AHDB crops board, vice chairman of LEAF, chairman of TASCC, and chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference. In October 2020 he will be installed as The Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, one of the City of London Livery Companies.

Paul Joules | Advisor

Paul works as a market advisor assisting with global market research and market advice. Having been brought up on a farm, Paul worked in his family business where he was actively involved in the trading of grains, oilseeds inputs and dairy products developing broad understanding of agricultural markets. Paul graduated from Bristol (UWE) University with a First Class Honours degree. Paul is an accomplished Table Tennis player, having represented Wales internationally.

Amy Wooliscroft | Account Manager

Amy has a background of 10 years of  PR and communications, marketing, event management and bookkeeping experience within fresh produce, agricultural value chain and livestock sectors. She is an active member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists (GAJ) and Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA) as well as an active member of the farming community in the East of England. From a livestock farming background, Amy has two small children with her agronomist husband.

James Waltham | Strategic Advisor

James has worked in the fresh produce and agribusiness sectors for more than 20 years. A farmer’s son from Dorset he originally trained as an agronomist but over the last 20 years has worked for a number of large, international fresh produce businesses, most recently as Managing Director of Haygrove (Growing) Ltd. James provides strategic advice to Agri CRM to help focus on the long-term success of the business.

Alisdair Wade | Strategic Advisor

Having worked in investment banking at JPMorgan, Cazenove and Merrill Lynch in roles that took him to positions in Hong Kong, New York, Moscow and London, Ali then turned his hand to farming where he now runs an arable farm in Wiltshire and is actively involved in the grain trading and risk management of the business. He is also involved in a number of companies within the education sector which remains a passion of his.

Olivia Bolesworth | Content Designer

Olivia is a freelance creative with 10+ years demonstrated experience in commercial graphic design, four years of which were spent at a creative design agency working for the likes of Bosch, adidas and Berghaus. During the summer months (when not designing amazing content), Olivia also runs a rural glamping business in South Wiltshire, collaborating with local farmers to facilitate agri-tourism in their area. (And as you might have already guessed she is also James’s sister).


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