As a third generation insurance broker business, we specialise at protecting you and your business
SME Insurance Group is a boutique business insurance broking specialist. We focus on business with turnover between $1 million to $100 million across all industries, and individuals with personal assets of more than $3 million.
SME Insurance Group is led by Paul Benjamin as the Managing Director. Paul is a third generation Benjamin who has dedicated their lives to solving their clients' business problems with smart insurance solutions since 1921.
The three generations of Benjamin insurance brokers
Paul O. Benjamin
Rodney L. Benjamin
Oswald D. Benjamin
Paul Benjamin has more than 23 years insurance experience and is an accomplished business owner and entrepreneur. View Paul's Linkedin profile here.
Rodney L. Benjamin worked for Edward Lumley Group insurance brokers and underwriters, from 1948 to 1981, where he rose to be Managing Director Lumley Victoria and Director Edward Lumley Australia from 1975 – 1981. He was also Director of Operations of the National Employers Mutual Insurance Company throughout Australia, which at that time was the largest insurer of workers’ compensation in Australia.
In 1981, because of heart health problems he retired at age 51 from all positions in the Edward Lumley Group; but after recuperation he returned to business and also studied Economic History at Melbourne University from where he graduated with a Phd.
In 1982, he commenced a general insurance consultancy. His clients were the State Government of Victoria, Municipal Association of Victoria, WorkCover, Victorian Port Authority, State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Medical Defence Association of Victoria, Coopers & Lybrand.
During 1991 – 2003, he was Director and CEO of Professional Indemnity Insurance Company Australia Pty. Limited, a captive insurance company for the Medical Defence Association of Victoria.
Rodney's key insurance industry appointments include:
Honorary Life Member of The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance
President of Insurance Institute of Victoria, 1973.
Councillor of Australian Insurance Institute 1973 – 1981.
Inaugural Chairman of Victorian Advisory Board, Insurance Council of Australia, 1975.
Inaugural Chairman of Society of Fellows Australian Insurance Institute, 1989
Member of Victorian Government Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, 1977 – 1981
Chairman of Victorian Workers’ Compensation Insurers’ Committee, 1977 – 1981
Chairman of Insurance Council Victorian Workers’ Compensation Rating Committee,1977 – 1981
Chairman of Insurance Council of Australian Workers’ Compensation Committee, 1978
Chief examiner, Fellowship, Australian Insurance Institute, 1973-1979.
Oswald D Benjamin was the youngest son of Sir Benjamin Benjamin, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1887 to 1889.
In 1921, Oswald opened the second Australian office of Bennie S. Cohen Lloyds Broker which became the biggest insurance broker in the Melbourne market.
Oswald remained as the managing director of Bennie S. Cohen (Victoria) Pty Ltd until his untimely death of a heart attack in 1944. The company Oswald managed was later known as Lumley Insurance Ltd, and as of 2014 it was acquired by Insurance Australia Group Ltd (who also own CGU Ltd).
Oswald other substantial contributions to Australia include:
serving as Sergeant with the 6th Field Artillery, AIS from 1914 to 1918
founding member of Melbourne Legacy Club
director of Foster's Brewing Co Ltd