Meet the People behind HOPE

We are a registered company and will be applying in the near future for Hope after Suicide Loss to be registered as a charity in England and Wales.

Revd Canon Chris Copsey and Vicki Chapman are currently directors of Hope after Suicide Loss, but have already volunteered to be Trustees on the Board of Trustees once HOPE achieves charity status. As trustees, they will be responsible for the future charity’s values ethos, vision and strategy as well as ensuring legal requirements are met, and governance standards remain high.

Vicki Chapman – Director
Vicki Chapman

Vicki is a true East Anglian, having been born in Ipswich and lived in Suffolk all her life. A farmer’s daughter, Vicki left her agricultural roots behind to work in the insurance industry for Willis Towers Watson (both in Ipswich and London), where she has remained for almost 40 years. In her day-to-day role, Vicki deals with charity and corporate social responsibility – an area that her company is focusing on more and more. In addition to her day job, Vicki is a Council Member for the Chartered Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk and North Essex – which keeps her very busy!

Her farming roots have instilled a love and awareness of the countryside and Vicki is at her happiest walking her dog around the many footpaths in her village and watching the seasons change. She enjoys road running and has completed the Great North Run 9 times, she is hoping to complete her 10th half marathon in 2019 when she takes on the Great East Run! Classic cars are another passion and her ambition is to buy herself a Morgan when she retires and to re-visit her love for art, drawing and painting; which she has largely abandoned since she left school.

Vicki’s husband of 32 years, tragically took his own life in February 2014, so she is a suicide survivor herself; and has experienced first-hand the trauma and shock of suicide bereavement and the impact it has on those that are left behind. In becoming a Trustee of Hope After Suicide Loss, Vicki hopes that she can go some way to help other suicide survivors on their challenging journey.

Revd Canon Chris Copsey – Director
Revd Canon Chris Copsey

Chris has been a primary school teacher, Parish Councillor and Chairman of Governors for a large infant and nursery school and is Mum to three adult children and has 5 young granddaughters. 

Before ordination as an Anglican  Self Supporting Minister in 2007 she was a Reader for 9 years across 7 rural parishes. 

Her curacy at St Margaret’s, now the Minster, in King’s Lynn gave a wide variety to ministry and she continues as part of the ministry team.  

Chris was Chaplain to Norfolk County Council from 2007-2014, before moving to a chaplaincy with the Matthew Project for 3 years.  

In 2011 Chris was licensed by the Bishop of Norwich as Chaplain to the Norfolk Coroner, a unique chaplaincy in the UK. She provides pastoral care to those attending inquests particularly families.  

Chris is a member of the Norfolk Prevention of suicide Strategy Group and the Norfolk Suicide Support Group. She arranges an annual service of remembrance for those bereaved by suicide at Norwich Cathedral and Kings Lynn Minster. 
Chris is also Diocesan Coordinator for the Social, Community and Environmental Concerns Forum and the Ecumenical Criminal Justice Forum and a Board Member of Good Work, The Norfolk and Waveney Industrial Mission.  She was installed as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral in November 2017.

Chris with husband Graham is a passionate follower of rugby and they are season ticket holders with Leicester Tigers.

Ken Donaldson – Charity Consultant

Ken describes himself as having “a rich and broad wealth of life experience”!

With a Scottish heritage and upbringing, Ken moved to England when he was twelve and has worked in senior management positions in four sectors of industry over the last forty years. He has run charities in London and Suffolk and has also been involved in church team leadership. His work took him to East Africa for three years where he says, “the country got under my skin” and he returns as often as he can to work in impoverished communities. He has held trusteeships of several charities.

As well as currently leading a local charity, Ken runs his own private practice from Bothy House in Eye. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a qualified counsellor, couples practitioner, Life Purpose coach and clinical supervisor of counsellors. He regularly trains various counselling modules and offers bespoke training to corporates and charities. Ken is also a co-director of a counselling training company and trustee of a counselling and training charity in Suffolk. His passion is to see people grow, develop and to realise their potential.

Ken enjoys family time with his wife Susie, two daughters, two step-sons and loves to walk with his Goldendoodle, Bella! He has a passion for birdlife which dovetails nicely with gardening a third of an acre at home. A keen sportsman in his youth, Ken would, given the chance, be on the golf course as much as he could!

If you would like to consider becoming a trustee once we achieve charity status and have the dedication and commitment required to develop this new organisation please email