Stan studied at the Department of Town & Country Planning at Newcastle University, graduating with BA (Land Use Studies) in 1965. He worked first for the West Riding County Council in the Environment Section of the County Planning Department, and was elected MRTPI in 1968. Following spells in development planning at Rotherham County Borough Council and York City Council, he returned to the West Riding County Council, from which he joined Kirklees Metropolitan council as a team leader in 1974, working initially on corporate planning including new housing and housing improvement schemes, and later on local plans. He followed this by work on Government regeneration projects, and was seconded to be the Housing and Environmental Regeneration Manager for Batley City Challenge between 1995 and 1998. On his return to Kirklees he became the conservation team leader, being elected as a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in 2001.
Stan retired from local government in 2007, but remains a full member of the RTPI and the IHBC, and has since been a planning aid volunteer. His involvement with the RTPI Yorkshire Branch, latterly Yorkshire Region, has included Honorary Secretary 1974 - 1980, member of Committee 1980 - 1986 (temporary newsletter editor 1983, membership secretary from 1983), Vice Chair and Deputy Representative on Council 1987, Chair 1988, Immediate Past Chair 1989, member of Committee 1990 - 1993, Honorary Secretary 1994 - 1998, Honorary Treasurer 1999 - 2011, Vice Chair and Acting Honorary Treasurer 2012, Chair 2013, Immediate Past Chair and Acting Honorary Treasurer 2014.