You can find contact details and a brief biography for each current member of staff at CHAWREC.

Staff Members

Shantele Sutherland


Shantele Sutherland has been the Director of the Race & Equality Centre since the end of 1999. She holds a law degree and qualified as a barrister before going into discrimination casework, working previously for the old Merseyside Racial Equality Council.

Shantele is the chief operating officer and she has overall responsibility for the organisation, supervising all aspects of the services as well as the running of the Unity Centre.

Karen Manley


Karen received an LLB (Hons) Law degree through Open University in 2014. She has previously worked for Citizen’s Advice as an Employment and Discrimination Caseworker. Karen joined Chawrec in January 2018.

Elizabeth Lambrakis


Elizabeth Lambrakis joined CHAWREC as a Casework Assistant on 3rd August 2015. She has a law degree from Bristol University and qualified as a solicitor in 1980. Having spent most of her career handling claims related to shipping and international trade, she has now changed direction into Discrimination Casework and is looking forward to working in this area of the law.

Anita Dean

Information Officer-Morning

Anita Dean has been working for CHAWREC and The Unity Centre since March 2010.  She is responsible for the administration, reception and accounting for CHAWREC and The Unity Centre.  Previously Anita worked for over 30 years as an  Administrator in the printing industry.

Valerie Donnelly

Information Officer-Afternoon

Valerie Donnelly has been working for CHAWREC and The Unity Centre since July 2012.  She has a degree in Modern Languages and has previously worked for various charities and educational organisations.  She is responsible for the administration, reception, and social media for CHAWREC/The Unity Centre.