Mr Stanley graduated with honours from the University of Tasmania in 1982, with a triple major in geology, geophysics and physical geography. He spent 6 years as an exploration geologist with Billiton in Australia before commencing a long and successful career in the capital markets, which included 20 years as a mining analyst, ultimately earning recognition (in the Wall Street Journal) as the number one ranked metals and mining analyst in North America. During that time, he worked with the Warburg Group, J.B. Were (now Goldman Sachs Australia) and the Bank of Montreal. In 2007 Mr Stanley established Riverfield Capital – a mining, investment and capital markets advisory business based in New York.