Tilden McKean, Churchwarden, St Margaret’s Church Harpsden

Born in New Zealand into a southern Hawkes Bay back-country sheep & cattle farming family. Second son of Tilden (I) and Lola’s 5 children. Educated via the correspondence school until 9 yrs. When a new road to our farm became passable all year round, attended the local Horoeka Primary School (30 pupils). Went to boarding school at 13 yrs and then on to Victoria University, Wellington to study Geology and Chemistry. After graduation in early 1977, worked in the Oil and Gas industry, first in NZ for Hunt Int. Petroleum and then from 1980, in Australia for BP. Seconded to work in BP’s Head Office in Moorgate, London in 1982. Married Rosemary (fellow geologist & rock climber) in 1985 and was then sent to work in BP’s Aberdeen office. Over 33 years with BP, lived and worked in many parts of the world as an Oil and Gas reservoir engineer. Retired 2013. Three children; Tilden (III), Oil Company Production Geologist in Norway, Frances, teacher of chemistry, mother of 2 & wife to Ben, and Heather, chartered accountant working for a London firm. Regular attendance at St. Margaret’s since 1997. Served as PCC Secretary for two 3 yr terms. Honoured to serve the Harpsden Parishioners who are very supportive with their time and talents.

Tilden McKean, Harpsden Churchwarden


Philip Chaimbault

Philip works as one of two that make up the church warden team in the parish of Shiplake with Dunsden; he predominantly looks after All Saints Church Dunsden.

As well as his role of Church Warden, Philip is a member of the governing body of Shiplake CE Primary School and in the past has been a Trustee of Eye and Dunsden Village Hall.