Neil Godwin

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Neil Godwin
Name Neil Godwin
Job Co-Managing Director
First Episode Merger
Last Episode Christmas Special Part 2
Episode count 8
Portrayed by Patrick Baladi

Neil Godwin was manager of the Swindon branch of Wernham Hogg. Following the merger of his branch with the Slough branch, Neil is instated as the Co-Managing Director, overseeing Wernham Hogg and thus becoming David Brent's boss. He is a more competent manager than David, has a better relationship with the staff and even finds it easier to make the staff laugh. Brent is hugely resentful and jealous of him, and makes occasional (and largely unsuccessful) attempts to either undermine or rival him.


Neil met David Brent previously at a conference in Ipswich, however David doesn't remember this because he was a little bit drunk. (Merger)

Series 1

Neil had to prove to Jennifer Taylor-Clarke that his branch could successfully incorporate the Slough branch. He was reportedly also worried about making redundancies. (Downsize)

Upon receiving the news of the proposed merger, Neil had made some big changes to his branch. He froze any wage increases, put a stop to all over-time, made it so that any purchases over £100 now go through him and had started making redundancies. (Work Experience)

Series 2

When Neil arrived at the Slough office, David continued to insist to the cameras that Neil wasn't his boss and didn't have that much power above him. David later tried to impress Neil, to no avail, by showing him an 18 month old copy of Inside Paper which featured a picture of David. (Merger)

Neil later gave a speech which received much greater critical acclaim than David Brent's failed attempt to make the staff laugh. Later on, Neil was present as David got a telling off for telling racist jokes in the workplace. (Merger)

David, jealous of the rest of the staff's admiration of Neil, interupted a harmless game of cricket in the office and pointed out that Neil trying to be everyone's friend was "pathetic". Neil spoke to David in his office about how he doesn't like being spoken to in such a manner. After leaving, David then began to lie to some of his staff about what Neil spoke to him about a claimed that Neil had been slagging them off. (Appraisals)

Soon after, David began dressing like Neil in a bid to be cooler than him. Whereas Neil wore an expensive armani suit, Brent wore a physically similar and cheaper Sergio Georgini. (Party)

Neil joined in celebrating Trudy's birthday, where Cooper and Webb management training tried to recruit him, however he was unavailable much to David's pleasure. He also shared some jokes with his old friend Chris Finch before putting dirty images into David's head. (Party)

Neil began seriously disputing with David Brent's management when he took Dawn Tinsley off reception early without notifying anyone and failed to ensure that members of staff were receiving their monthly wages. (Motivation)

Neil and Rachel performed a Saturday Night Fever inspired dance to the staff for charity on Red Nose Day. Later that day Neil asked David for a report he needed which David hadn't done. This led to David Brent receiving a warning, but David pettily asked to be fired because he believed there would be a mutiny. (Charity)

Later that day, Neil and Jennifer returned to David with the news that they had decided to follow through and had agreed to make him redundant. (Charity)

Christmas Specials


  • The show's co-creator Ricky Gervais stated in the DVD commentary that Godwin is a character who they intended not be liked.
  • Neil plays golf.
  • Neil claims to have never seen David Brent write a single thing.
Series 1 Episodes:
Downsize | Work Experience | The Quiz | Training | New Girl | Judgement
Series 2 Episodes:
Merger | Appraisals | Party | Motivation | Charity | Interview
Christmas: Part 1 | Part 2 | "The Office Values" and "Realising Potential"
Main Characters:
David Brent | Tim Canterbury | Gareth Keenan | Dawn Tinsley
Secondary Characters:
Anne | Keith Bishop | Donna | Chris Finch | Neil Godwin | Ricky Howard |
Lee | Malcolm | "Oggy" | Rachel | Karen Roper |
Jennifer Taylor-Clarke
Minor Characters:
Alex | Ben | Book of Native American Wisdom | Brenda | Carol | Fish Fingers | Stuart Foot |
Glynn | Gobbler | Jamie | Jeff | Jimmy the Perv | Joan | Oliver | Rowan | Sanj | Simon | Sheila |
Paul Shepherd | Tony | Trudy