Stanley is an acknowledged leader in the global payments industry with over 25 years’ experience, and has held executive and board roles in several European and US financial services companies. Prior to establishing the Minerva Partnership Consultancy in the UK, a boutique service offering in payments; strategy and leadership development, Stanley held various leadership positions at Visa in different geographies, the last one serving as Visa Europe’s Senior Vice President of Payment System & Enterprise Risk. In this role Stanley oversaw Visa Europe’s overall risk and compliance strategy and policies in its markets and gained significant insight into the commercial; regulatory and technological dynamics that inform the payments and risk agendas in Europe and beyond.


Since leaving Visa in 2013, Stanley has worked as a consultant in payments; strategy and business development and organisational development. In 2015 Stanley co-founded the Minerva Partnership with Michael Burtscher. Minerva provides bespoke consultancy in payments; strategy development; business modelling; executive coaching; leadership development; organisational design and training. Minerva’s mission is to help companies design their strategies build capabilities that they need to succeed.


Stanley consults with start-ups and blue chip companies in Europe and the USA. Stanley’s work focuses on payments and corporate strategy, as well as organisational development; leadership capability building and executive coaching.

Stanley holds a post-graduate research degree in organisational sociology from the University of Oslo (UiO) and an MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting from Ashridge Executive Education Business School. Stanley’s undergraduate degree from UiO included gender studies in anthropology and the history of ideas. Stanley is also a qualified executive leadership coach from the University of West England (Bristol)