Benfield has announced the appointment of Craig Patterson and Simon Race to the board of directors of Benfield Australia.

Patterson joined Benfield Australia in October 2004 from Aviva in the UK where he was previously the director of group reinsurance and, prior to that, head of its general insurance services. He has over 20 years experience in the reinsurance and insurance industry having also worked for NZI Insurance in Australia in corporate underwriting and national claims management roles.

Race joined Benfield Corporate Risk in Perth in February 2006 having previously been practice leader of Willis Energy Australia. He has over 16 years experience in insurance and reinsurance broking in the UK and Australia, having also worked for Alexander Howden/Aon and Marsh where he had responsibility for production of marine and energy business and placements into the Australian, Asian and London markets.

Rob DeSouza, chairman of Benfield Australia said: “We are delighted to announce the appointments of Craig and Simon to the board of Benfield Australia. Both have amassed considerable industry experience and will greatly assist the strategic development of Benfield in this important market.”