Jacqueline Duncan founded the Inchbald School of Interior Design in 1960, extending this to a Faculty in Garden Design in 1972. Her previous working experience included the management of the Michael Inchbald Studios, antique dealing also under the Inchbald banner, and colour consultancy work.
Extensive interior design commissions include both private and commercial work, the last project being a 60 metre yacht, completed with Michael Inchbald.
In 2013 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Design. These included the foundation of the Inchbald in 1960, the first such centre in Europe and now internationally renowned. In 1964 she also inaugurated the first professional body serving Interior Designers, now enjoying Institute status as the British Institute of Interior Design. Apart from her own service on Committee, three Inchbald graduates have served as President of the Institute, all of whom made significant contribution to the advancement and gravitas of the Institute.
Jacqueline Duncan has served on the Copyright Committee, the Monopolies Commission and the Westminster City Council, and was a South Westminster magistrate from 1975–1995. She has written extensively in national newspapers and magazines, and has published three books on interior design. She is a Fellow of the International Interior Designers Association and a member of the British Institute of Interior Design.
The Inchbald School is now validated by Glyndŵr University for Post-Graduate Diplomas and MA studies in both Architectural Interior Design and Garden Design. In 2006 Inchbald launched the School’s Online courses with Inchbald Online.