Meet the Lead Researchers

Following a thorough assessment of applications received, we are pleased to announced that  Joel Mullan and Charlynne Pullen have been selected as lead researchers for the WFCP Global Statement and look forward to the work that lies ahead.


Joel Mullan is a freelance consultant and policy expert, focused on education policy and research in low- and middle- income contexts. He has particular expertise in skills/vocational education & training and EdTech. Joel previously worked on skills policy development and evaluation for the Mayor of London, held senior strategy roles at the EdTech company Jisc, and set up and ran the UK’s Higher Education Commission. He is the lead author of a systematic review of skills development for the informal sector in India, and a forthcoming UNICEF report on digital approaches to school to work transitions for refugee and displaced youth.


Charlynne Pullen is an experienced skills policy and research consultant. Since setting up Charlynne Pullen Consulting Ltd in April 2020, she has completed work for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation looking at Institutes of Technology and higher technical education, as well as a skills response to youth unemployment. Other work has included an evaluation of action learning sets for professional development and a review of an adult education service. Previously, Charlynne was the Head of Research and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation, and has worked in research at City & Guilds, Universities UK, and the National Foundation for Education Research.