Curriculum Vitae
Sandy Britain (Ph.D.)

Personal Details

Full Name: Alfred Alexander Britain

DOB: 18/ 09/ 1967 Nationality: British (NZ Permanent Resident)

Sex: Male Marital Status: Married

Home Address: 50 Moana Road, Okitu, Gisborne, NZ

Home Telephone: +64 (0)6 8671091
Mobile: +64 (0)220488627 e-mail:

Current Employment Status: Full-time Employee of Architecting the Enterprise Ltd

Previous Employment Status: Self-Employed. Director – Terrascan Ltd.(NZ)

Driving License: Full.

Education Summary

Dates Institution Qualifications

1987-1990 University of Wales - Bangor BSc. JT. Hons (1st Class)
Psychology & Physical Education

1990-1996 University of Wales – Bangor. PhD in Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience

Recent Employment History

2012 - present

Architecting the
Enterprise Ltd.
Job Description

Enterprise Architect
2011 - 2012
GlobalSOF LTD.
Enterprise Architect -Brunei Ministry of Education
Independent Consultant
Senior Advisor to Ministry of Education – NZ (ICT Vision, Strategy and Technical Interoperability)
2004 - 2006
Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne, NZ.
E-Learning Co-ordinator (Regional Strategy Development and Implementation)
University of Wales – Bangor. Centre for Learning Technologies /  CETIS (Centre for Technology Interoperability Standards) / JISC
Research Fellow – Education ICT
(Research, Project Management, Software Development)
1993-2002 Various consultancy work with Facilitator / Course Director
organisational learning, leader-
ship and team-building prog-
rammes for industry.
      1. Key  Projects, Roles and Experience

Enterprise Architecture training and course development for Architecting the Enterprise Ltd
For the last 18 months I have worked for this company delivering EA training – primarily in TOGAF and Archimate (though with some customised courses also included). The value of this work is that it provides a deep understanding of the details of the TOGAF specifcation, where its value lies and where its flaws are too. Archimate I used in conjunction with TOGAF in Brunei and found it very valuable there. Amongst othre things I have led the development of the 2nd wave of Archimate materials for AtE.
Education Enterprise Architecture for e-Hijrah (Brunei Ministry of Education)
This project required the development of an Enterprise Architecture encompassing the work and systems of Brunei Ministry of Education in relation to Government Primary and Secondary schools in Brunei. It is a “green-field” development with the vision of strategic and pervasive change affecting staff roles, organisational structures, business processes and IT systems and infrastructure to enable “21st Century Education using ICT” across all Government schools and to support the goals of the National long-term strategy – Wawasan 2035. I decided to use TOGAF as the core framework for development of the Architecture.

The International E-Framework for Education
From 2007 to 2009 I was the NZ technical representatiive in the eframework partnership (UK, Netherlands, Australia and NZ). See: The aim of the e-framework is to provide an SOA approach to education ICT architecture. I was involved in the technical and modelling group around development of Service Usage Models (SUMS)

Technical Interoperability Standards for Education
From 1998 the research group of which I was a member at Univ. Wales Bangor hosted CETIS for the UK ( On moving to NZ, I worked as a technical advisor to MoE (NZ) on interoperability standards and specifications for ICT – in particular eLearning.

The ICT Strategic Framework for Education
I had significant input into the development of the ICT strategic framework for education within MoE (NZ). Also I conducted modelling work for the Tertiary E-Learning Framework.

Socio-technical Research into ICT adoption in UK HE
From 2000 – 2002 I was the project manager of the JISC-funded COMANTLE project to examine factors affecting adoption of eLearning technologies in UK Higher Education institutions – based at University of Wales – Bangor.

Software Design and Development Colloquia LMS
From 1997-2000 I was employed as Software Developer on the JISC funded TOOMOL project which eventually became the Colloquia learning management System

Eportfolio – LMS Integration Work
In 2010 I conducted a study to investigate integration requirements for LMS and ePortfolio systems to share data in the national schools MLE programme

Training and Consultancy Work
From 1993 through to 2002 I operated part-time as an independent trainer, facilitator, course creator and programme director on a variety of organisational learning, teambuilding and leadership programmes with a variety of small specialist operators. (Fulcrum Ltd, Cambridge; TOK Ltd, Birmingham and Padarn Training Ltd, Llanberis). Key clients were British Sugar; CAA; Vauxhall Motors and Pepsico. Restaurants International.
      1. Methodologies and Languages

Enterprise Architecture Methodologies
TOGAF 9 Certified Practitioner.
In previous work I have drawn upon a variety of other methodologies, frameworks and approaches, e.g.:
Soft-Systems Methodology (Checkland et. al), ETHICS (Mumford), Viable Systems Model (Beer), Neural Networks Modeling.
Modelling Languages and Techniques
ARCHIMATE, UML, Use-Case Modelling, Rational OOAD, Service Usage Modelling (SUMS)
Technical Languages and Specifications:  C, Java, XML

      1. Selected Publications

Britain S. (2011) On the relationship between Pedagogical Design and Content Management in eLearning. In Ferran-Ferrer, N. (ed) Content Management for eLearning. Springer-Verlag.

Britain S. (2009) National Digital Learning Resource Workflows: The Content Lifecycle for Education. Report for Ministry of Education. Available online at:

Fox, I., Britain S., and Hall, V. (2009) Eportfolios – Celebrating Learning. Report for Ministry of Education. Available online at:

Britain S. (2007) Learning Design Systems: Current and Future Developments. In Beetham, H. and Sharpe, R. Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age. Oxford, Routledge.

Britain, S., Liber, O., Perry, S. and Rees, W. (2007) Modelling organisational factors affecting the development of e-learning in a university using a cybernetics approach. Journal of Sociocybernetics Vol 5. pp6-22. Online:

Britain, S. (2004) A Review of Learning Design: Concept, Specifications and Tools. Report for the JISC E-learning pedagogy programme. (online)

Britain, S. & Liber, O. (2004) A Framework for the Pedagogical Evaluation of E-Learning Environments (2nd Edition). JISC Report (online)

Britain, S. (2004) Managing Complexity: Some Challenges in E-learning.  Keynote Speech at E-fest, Wellington, NZ, October 11-13, 2004

Liber, O., Oliver W.D & Britain, A.A. (2000), The TOOMOL Project: Supporting A Personalised and Conversational Approach to Learning, in Computers and Education 34, pp327-333

Brown, G.D.A., Britain, A.A., Elvevag, B., Mitchell I.J.  (1994) A Computational Approach to Fronto-striatal Dysfunction in Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease. In G.D.A. Brown and M. Oaksford (Eds.) Neurodynamics and psychology London, Academic Press.

Sports and Other Interests

I have been a keen and active rock-climber and mountaineer for over 25 years and have climbed in many places around the world. Notable ascents including: Eiger (North Face) September, 1987; North Face of Grandes Charmoz, (Winter ascent) January, 1992. Les Droites (North Face) Winter 1986 – Successful retreat and self-rescue from high on face after partner became incapacitated. Expeditions to greater ranges include: 1988 Bublimotin Expedition - Hunza Karakorum; 1999 British Lightning Spur Expedition, Thunder Mountain, Alaska. I was injured by rock-fall on the face and the attempt had to be abandoned. Both expeditions were first ascent attempts and received financial support from the Mount Everest Foundation. Other outdoor sports include flying around on a paraglider, surfing, and freediving.